Got Some Interesting Questions This Week…
So I figured for fun here on this fine evening I would just lay out in very quick points exactly what I believe about writing and how I write. Clear up some confusion (or make more, we shall see. (grin))
1… I do not rewrite. I cycle back and forward through the manuscript as I write, thus ending up with a clean first (and final) draft.
2… I do not use ideas and haven’t for decades. I use triggers to get me typing with a character and I just entertain myself from there. (You guys have all followed that here through some of my challenges.)
3… I never know where a story is going or the ending. If I did know, chances are I would get bored and quit writing the story. I have the attention span of a flea and write to entertain myself only.
4… I never write to market or even care. I never much think about the final product or what it will be. I know I will figure that out later after I am finished. My focus is on the fun of the process of telling a story.
5… I try to practice something every story or novel, one area, one detail.
6… I think anyone who uses an editor of any sort (besides a copyeditor to find typos) needs to take some classes on self confidence. Then grow a backbone and trust their own work. Same goes for more than one first reader. (Go ahead, give me the excuses for having three beta-readers on a story and why you don’t trust your own work enough to leave it alone.)
7… I follow Heinlein’s Rules.
That’s a pretty basic summary of my writing method from word one to having the story published.
Now I must admit, to get to those seven points, a person has to climb over a lot of myths and beliefs about how writing fiction “should be done.” Not easy to do.
But the upside of my process is that I waste very little time, if any, turned around and looking at a completed story. Maybe for a few minutes to put in corrections from my first reader, some publishing details to get the story or book out, but past that, nope. No time on anything but writing new fiction.
Forward, always forward.
Fear is nasty and most of you who read those seven things, or at least the first six, rebelled against a few of them, if not all of them. That rebellion is fear. And I understand it. But not sure why anyone lives in fear, especially with something that is so much fun like writing fiction.
So anyhow, glad to take more questions. Some of the ones this week have been great, both in the comments and in private.