Writing the entire, full-length, 300 pg. manuscript isn't even the tip of the iceberg! Go get an ice-pick, hack a little piece from the iceberg, and that's what you've just written. SERIOUSLY! The real work, and there's a LOT of it, is still looming in your manuscript's future!
But don't feel overwhelmed! Every single thing you do to hone your MS, from writing that first word, to seeing it in print, is WORTH the other 95% percent of the work!
The fourth thing I wish I knew:
Take criticism! Even if you don't agree with it! And...
1. Bend it into something you agree with, something that fits your vision of the manuscript (because you're an awesome writer, and that's what writers do! You can work things into your writing like a magician pulling a bunny from his top hat).
2. Count every minute revising as the best practice you could possibly have for your future as a published writer. Because writing isn't really writing. It is rewriting! And perfecting! And streamlining!
3. Don't get offended by criticism, because everyone will have a different vision of your book! And the people who value your friendship will not hold back with an honest opinion. Honesty is priceless.
4. Always stay true to yourself at the same time.
And if you're curious, here are #1 and #2 from previous posts (click on the number if you actually want to read the post. Or, if you're like me--always in a rush-- look below)...
LESS IS MORE (especially in YA).
The delete button is your friend! Cherish it. Love it! USE it!
So there you go! Not that I'm certified to offer wisdom, but a bit of wisdom anyway!