I would like to spend Wednesdays talking to you about my writing processes. There is a chance that anything written here may or may not work for you. That was something I had to learn over a long period of time. I used to search out writing blogs to learn so-called ‘magical writing formulas’. The only thing I ever learned was how to confuse myself.
I tried so hard to fit myself into other writer’s methods because I was told mine was wrong. While mine wasn’t wrong, it definitely wasn’t completely right either. It took me finding my own strengths and weaknesses. Places where I needed more help to strengthen parts of my writing process.
I’d read somewhere that outlining was the way to go. It was the only way. All professionals outlined. If you didn’t you’d never get very far. Wow, that information was wrong.
Like all things on the internet, you’ve got to take things with a grain of salt. Even when they are other writers discussing their writing process. The reason is that there are no definitive lines in a writing process. It is all about individual ways people work. Things that click with them and what doesn’t.
You can collect these different methods of working. I do. I call it part of my writer’s toolbox. That way I can try things out, adapt what does and doesn’t work for me. The things that don’t click with me and I can’t adapt, I discard for other things.
Here I’ll show you things I’ve learned, different methods that I’ve tried and the things that work for me. I’ve been doing this for almost ten years now and things have changed vastly over time.
Until next week when I will go over all of this. Remember to L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.