Every writer is different, but so is every book you write. On the surface, it's a fact that's easy to glaze over. Like, yeah, sure; of course they're different. They're separate books. But this idea actually runs deeper than you realize. It's something I have to constantly remind myself of while working on manuscripts. I don't really think that most writers realize this until they've written a couple manuscripts, but it's something that you really need to know.
If you've been around my blog for a while, you'll know that last year I struggled with my own writing process. I finally realized the missing piece in it was joy. I've now made that a top priority in my writing, and in this series, I made it the subject of the first couple posts as well. As I worked my way through experimental manuscripts, testing to see what worked for me, I kept off-handedly promising writers that I would eventually do a post all of its own on the writing process. And, finally... here it is. This has been a year in coming.
Today I am taking it upon myself to try and break down this subject for writers, based on some of the best advice I've seen out there for artists - and therefore, bringing in an entirely new perspective for us writers.
The further along you get on your writing journey, the more knowledge and experience you gather. And along with that comes your own unique perspective, lessons, knowledge, and needs. What one writer needs to do during the writing process id different from another. Which means as you go along with your writing, you actually become above the idea of 'rules'. You can end, break, and completely throw them out as you please. Which is why you really shouldn't even be reading this blog. But don't go unsubscribe! Because, at the same time, you should be reading this blog. Let me explain.
It took me 5 1/2 years, but I've achieved a dream of mine: I've written over 1,000,000 words. And today, I'm sharing my top mistake, recommendation, and tip on the writing process that I made, discovered, and learnt during those million words.
For the longest time, I didn't make it a habit to reread my own writing. I stayed away from rereading it, honestly. It was like my rule of never editing while writing (a myth I've debunked in recent months - check that post out here!): I never so much as considered breaking it. Until I did by accident. And it turns out... there are a lot of benefits to rereading your own writing. (Shocker, I know) Let's take a look at what I discovered.
This is my last post before the crazy of National Novel Writing Month - aka NaNoWriMo - hits us. I decided that, as everyone else posts their tips for the upcoming month of writing (translation: stock up on chocolate) I would chime in with some quick tips on things writers should remember going into November.
Think back to when you first began to write: is your writing process different now from what is used to be? Mine certainly is. In fact, I've been spending the last couple months trying to nail down my own personal writing process (which is definitely a post all of its own). I've had the chance to know several different writers as they began writing their own stories. Something I noticed - both from my own experience from when I began as a writer and from hearing about theirs - is that new writers seem to like to edit. A lot. As I've been doing a couple of posts recently with tips for newer writers, I thought that today I would tackle this question for them: is this editing while you write a good way to go about writing? And for you seasoned writers, don't leave just yet. Believe me, this post is about to get interesting. 😉
In case you didn't know, I'm an introvert. It's not that I hate being around people, exactly; in fact, I quite enjoy some specific people's company. But after being around them for a while, I can get very drained. I'm pretty lucky, in that I'm actually an online homeschooler. I get to go to activities, like sports, but I don't have to be physically around people and talk to them all day. Even though I'm around my own family all the time, I'm not talking to them 24/7, and that allows me to be a rather pleasant person when I do interact with them (in my oh-so-humble opinion 😝) The fact that I'm an introvert kind of shines through my writing. Looking back over most of my more recent projects, I've found that a lot of my characters are actually introverted. That's probably because they come out of my brain, and that's just the easiest thing for me to write as I'm already one. So, when my sister, Mary, proposed that we write posts on writing introverted and extroverted characters - the personality types that each of us are - I thought it sounded like a pretty good idea. Make sure you check out her blog, Wild Writing Dreams, here, and read her post on writing extroverts, since that's a subject all of its own!
Have you ever written a scene and been frustrated that it just doesn't seem to convey the feeling that you want? Same. I think we've all been there before. But, over thee years, I've found 3 sure-fire ways to help nail that mood that you want to convey in a scene. 😉