As a writer, who has not yet reached author status (still trying to get my first book published), I find myself reading a lot of advice articles and discussions about how you should write.
This appears to be a subject which people are very opinionated about, and it leads me to ask the question… Is there a correct way to write?
So far I’ve had ideas for six books. I’ve completed one and am now working on three of the others. But if I were to listen to public opinion, many would say this is wrong of me.
A great deal of people believe you should start a work and finish it before moving onto another project. However I find, if I get writers block it is more beneficial for me to move onto something else, and then return to the project later with fresh eyes.
I also do not plan. I hear many people saying they plot out a story before writing. I don’t , I get an idea and start writing, making it up as I go along and see where the characters take me. When writing my completed book, I had no idea how the story would end until I hit chapter twenty, then inspiration struck.
I thoroughly understand the need to stick to your work in progress if you have a dead line, but should you always do that?
Common sense tells me we all write differently. We each have our own unique voice, so why should the way we transfer that voice to paper/computer always be the same?
Yet there are quite a few out there that believe it should be. And I do have to mention that, unlike me, quite a few of them are successful, published authors.
Does the way you work contribute in anyway to the success you receive?
Personally it does cause me to question my methods, and wonder if I’m going about this writing thing the right way.