#7: Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.
What's that people say about how no one on his deathbed wishes he'd worked more? I'm having a very hard time getting my bearings back at work and still manage everything that needs to be done at home without dropping a ball or two. It's an impossible goal. There are only 24 hours in a day, and now more than ever, I need at least five of them for sleeping. So at any time of the day I feel like I am letting someone down.
And yet, my story finishes with me finding myself at the end of life with no regrets. Maybe I need to revise.