Some wing it.
Some write snappy dialogue.
Some write huge passages of narration with very little dialogue interspersed between narrative passages - check out my post later in the week about narration.
We're not clones of each other. We're individuals - sorry Traci, generalizing again, you know how I am - and, thus, we do thing in our own individual ways.
We do things in the way that works best for us (differently) as individuals.
There are literally hundreds, possibly, thousands of blogs out there about writing.
This is one of them.
This was one of them. No, people, hold on to your knickers, I'm not closing down the blog. I mean, how in the heck would Robyn give me a hard time on a daily basis if I shut down my blog. Oh, wait, she's a friend on Facebook. Dang my generous nature. Ha!
The thing is, I can't teach any one how to write the most brilliant novel ever. I can point you in the direction of blog after blog that will offer great advice . . . that works for that particular blogger, but not necessarily me, and not necessarily you!
What I can do, is quit generalizing (Traci will be so happy) and start personalizing. I can let you know how I write. Done. Finito. The End.
Okay, I can also share other things I've learned about the writing process, and all that jazz. I mean, knowledge is power, and the more knowledge we have (about writing, etc), then the more power we have. Ooops, there I go generalizing again. It's a 12 Step program to de-generalize!
The important things to remember about writing . . .
- do it (writing) the best way you know how
- be adaptable, willing to learn, willing to change, to try something different, to experiment
- know your strengths
- know your weaknesses
- learn from your strengths/weaknesses
- know your limits!!!!
- understand that what works for Lady Glamis just might not work for you
- understand that what works for Scott Bailey just might not work for you
- understand that what works for me just might not work for you
If you take every bit of advice out there, try to instill it into your writing routine, well . . . BAM! . . . you just might explode.
All the wonderful, awe inspiring advice in the world is great . . . as long as you take the bits and pieces that work best for you, and apply them to your capabilities.
I've tried outlining, truly I have, but it just doesn't work for me.
I know what works for me with my writing!
I can learn how others write, but, hey, some of their stuff just doesn't work for me!
So, over the course of the next few days, weeks, months, years, you may or may not notice a slight shift in the writing direction of this blog. I'm going to blog about writing, again and again and again, but the writing will focus more on my process and what works for me! I'll also be doing posts inspired by the following magazines: Writer's Digest and The Writer. These are great sources of information and I find myself mentally typing new posts as I read these magazines about writing. Again, they'll be a shift based on my personal experience, rather than an overall generalization.