...while writing "What Remains Unspoken": 1) Writer's Block is not terminal. 2) I can't call procrastination Writer's Block. 3) I can't call fear Writer's Block. 4) No matter what I'm writing, I can't get away with doing less than my best. 5) After writing for 25+ years, the writer's demons (fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of not having anything to say, fear of being seen as a fraud) are still just as real and just as seductive. 6) Readers are sometimes better at seeing my intentions than I am. 7) I can't be afraid to put my emotions (or a character's emotions) on the page. If I don't feel them, my readers won't feel them. 8) Value anything I write, even if it winds up in the bottom of the desk drawer. 9) Related to #8, don't fall too deeply in love with my words. I'll have to edit them later. 10) The muse doesn't work unless I work! 11) Deadlines (even self-imposed ones) are good things. 12) Treasure my readers. 13) Don't let an abundance of readers or a dearth of them change how I write. 14) Tell my internal critic to get a cup of coffee and take a walk around the block when she gets too loud. Often, if necessary. 15) I'm not as bad a writer as I think I am. 16) I could not have gotten as deep into the characters as I did, if it weren't for the exquisite performances of these individuals: Ian McDiarmidMark HamillBilly Dee WilliamsPeter CushingNatalie PortmanJames Earl Jones & David ProwseHarrison FordCarrie FisherEwan McGregorLiam Neeson 17) No idea is too crazy. Just thought I'd share that, since I've finished my series today.