Despite what many of the million and one books on writing say, there is no ONE way to write. What works for one writer doesn’t work for another. Just as every writer is unique, so is his or her way of writing. That doesn’t mean you can’t learn from what other people say. It only means that you can’t take it as the gospel truth.
I’ve been writing since I was about twelve years old. I’ve taken years off at a time. I’ve spent many years finishing nothing. I’ve had great encouragement. I’ve had people telling me what they want to read and it’s not what I write. I’ve written every day. I’ve written poetry, fiction, scripts and all kinds of non-fiction.
In other words, in my nearly thirty years of writing, I’ve learned a lot, but what I’ve most learned is that I can’t tell others how to write. I can only say what works for me.
From now on Saturdays will be dedicated to my writing process from handling new ideas, to outlines to the first draft to editing and publication. Of course I’m still learning (and will continue to do so until I’m dead).
Why am I doing this? Because maybe some of the things I do will help you discover the way you write, if you’re a writer. And if you’re a reader, then hopefully this series will give you a bit of insight into the life of a working writer (as opposed to the writer we get in movies and TV).
P.S. You’ll notice that this post is significantly shorter than my recent posts. Why? Because of Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s wonderful hard-data-filled post on writer promotion. Writers get readers by writing more books, not by being a social media expert. So instead of writing long posts, I’m off writing more fiction for you to enjoy.