Don't give up on a project, and don't trash it just because you think it isn't working.
Needless to say, the narrator doesn't have to say, "All of this happened five years ago." The point of telling is a lot more subtle than that.
Don't worry about publishing. Worry about writing.
Maybe the universe was trying to tell me something. Maybe what my novel needed was a real live superhero.
By allowing something that’s lurking to creep out into the open, you give your work the opportunity to do something unexpected.
I’m willing to bet that these phrases show up far less in published fiction than in the manuscripts and self-published works that have come across my desk.
In case you ever wondered how your manuscript gets turned into a book, here's a brief film on the subject circa 1947: But if you've been thinking about publishing your book via a Print on Demand or POD service, you might want to check out my essay, "Wherefore Print on Demand?" at The Nervous Breakdown.