Take something to write on. Paper is good. In a pinch, pieces of wood or your arm will do.

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All ten here. My favorite:

7. You most likely need a thesaurus, a rudimentary grammar book, and a grip on reality. This latter means: there’s no free lunch. Writing is work. It’s also gambling. You don’t get a pension plan. Other people can help you a bit, but ­essentially you’re on your own. ­Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don’t whine.

[bwo Brain Pickings]