1. Taking the time to write
It’s hard for people to understand that to create a book, blog, or Twitter rant you must spend time writing.
2. How much time has lapsed between projects
This goes hand in hand with taking time to write. Authors need time to plan, outline, drink, and many other important things between releasing projects. There is also the possibility that they are burnt out, and need to recoup.
3. Killing or not killing a character
How can you kill Brenda? Why didn’t you kill the Marquess?
Answering this question by reminding the asker that the character isn’t real won’t win you many fans, but it’s often the first thing that comes to mind.
4. Not writing a sequel
Not every book needs a sequel. Books have beginnings, middles, and ends. The ends are the part that ties up the story, and hopefully, leaves the reader satisfied. Endings are hard whether you are saying goodbye to real or made up characters.
5. Not putting someone into a story
I know you love your Aunt Brenda, but I cannot write her into my book about tuberculosis hospitals. Your dog Coco was adorable, but I’m sorry, their are no dogs in this story about submarine warfare in the 1940s.