Never straying too far from these two concepts, Matt provided eleven things to remember about being a writer:
1. You are never as bad or brilliant as you think you are.
2. There is no such thing as writer’s block.
3. You should be both open and arrogant.
4. The path is always up, even when it momentarily isn’t.
5. Accept and respect who you are as a writer.
6. Don't expect pats on the back, but enjoy them when they come.
7. Don't google yourself – it’s the crack cocaine of authorship.
8. Someone will hate your work, someone will love it.
9. Don’t read your reviews. (Yeah, right.)
10. Don’t quit your day job.
11. #@%* everyone! (Even those who love your work.)
--MATT BEAM is an author, a freelance journalist, an abstract photographer and a teacher. He has written 3 young adult novels: Earth To Nathan Blue, Can You Spell Revolution? and Getting to First Base with Danalda Chase. He has written articles for the Toronto Star, the National Post, and Toronto Life. Matt has taught in various capacities in New Zealand, Fiji, Guatemala, Vancouver and Toronto. He now lives in Leslieville with his partner, Lorraine, and their two cats, Fera and Mink.