A few guidelines:
- Don’t check your stats after each new sentence you write.
- Don’t read the latest Richard & Judy or Oprah titles and gnash your teeth.
- Don’t search every edition of Guardian Books in the hope that an online book, any online book, might just be reviewed.
- Don’t get caught up in the popular delusion (& madness etc) of the MySpace/Facebook crowds that social networking will give you a readership.
- Don’t dream of a plug on BoingBoing unless you start printing your work on condoms.
- Don’t take it personally when a loyal reader suddenly stops leaving comments.
- In fact, don’t hang around the internet at all, which is admittedly difficult for an online author.
- Do ask your GP for a lifetime’s supply of antidepressants.
But most of all remember why you write:
Task: to be where I am.
Even when I’m in this solemn and absurd
role: I am still the place
where creation works on itself.
(from the poem *Guard Duty* by Tomas Tranströmer, translated by Robert Bly)