Every writer is unique. Each writer’s process of writing is unique. There is no right or wrong way to approach your manuscript, story idea, or revision.
A profound observation.
At least it was for me. I was incredibly relieved to find out that the mega-stars of publishing didn’t sit joyfully down at their keyboards and spew forth effortless prose that coalesced into compelling blockbuster novels without the authors ever having had to work at it. Nope. They had bad days too. But they kept writing.
Writers write. Period. No matter how hard it is. One word after another. Sometimes the sentences spill quickly from our fingertips and other times we bang our heads against the wall wondering why we do this to ourselves. “Because you can’t NOT write,” whispers our sneaky, grammatically incorrect subconscious. And so we go back to our masterpiece-in-progress or we start a new story.
With each new project, we become just a little more determined to find an easier way. To avoid our past mistakes. To put the next novel on track and keep it on track.
We go to seminars, workshops, and classes. We buy “how to” books. We enter contests. We join critique groups and writers’ groups. We listen very carefully to what other writers have to say because maybe they’ve found a shortcut, a magic formula, or the secret of the universe. And sometimes we realize that we’re the ones who have something to share.
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Dixon, D. (1996). INTRODUCTION: If Writing Were Easy, Everyone Would Be Writing. In G M C: Goal, motivation, and conflict: The building blocks of good fiction (pp. 1-2, 3). Memphis, Tenn.: Gryphon Books for Writers.