The time to write is NOW.
Write every day.
Only cooking utensils belong in the kitchen drawer - not your writing.
Take a pen and notebook with you or use a PDA to write down your thoughts, ideas or observations. You never know when a creative thought will come to you.
Read. Watch films. Listen to music.
You never know what may inspire you so leave yourself open.
Don't make excuses for not finding the time.
It's okay to make mistakes.
Write about subjects that inspire you.
Banish cynicism and negativity.
Be encouraging to others. You never know when you may need their support.
Use your five senses - and your sixth - to find your voice.
A little humility goes a long way - and so does humor!
What You Should Know includes a diaspora of women, many from Inwood and Washington Heights in upper Manhattan, and showcases the diversity and strength of women in our New York City. These women are Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican, Cuban, Spanish, Korean, South Asian, Irish, African-American, White, Jewish, Episcopalian, Christian, and Muslim. They are breast cancer survivors, teenagers, and women with disabilities. They are straight, gay, transgender, and bisexual. They are mothers and daughters, grandmothers, sisters, women who work and women who work together. And when you go against them. . .