Add up all your writing worries and you could, maybe, fill a 1,000 page novel with angst.
Writer’s worry about many things: When to write, what to write, where to write, why the hell they are writing. The list goes on. Is this character the right one to take on that character? Should he be a boy or a girl? Should I base the story in this town or that city? Have I killed off that shady character too soon?
Don’t sweat so much.
We all play this game. We have it in the corner of our PC and we glance at it far too often. We writers like word counts. As if it means anything. Words joined together make a sentence to mean stuff. Volume of words doesn’t mean spit.
Breaking news: Most first drafts suck. That’s why they’re first drafts. They’re usually followed by a second or third. No one has ever had a first draft professionally published. If they say they have, they’re lying. Check their work for plagiarism. Or just go at them with a fork.
Am I a plotter or a pantser?
I hate this question. Sometimes I plot, sometimes I just write what comes into my head and have a happy hope it leads somewhere nice. Those who are pro plotting say it stops your plot from getting out of hand. Pro Pantsers say that just letting fly makes their writing more inspired. Which ever one you chose, or if you want to chose both, do me a favour, be happy in your choice.
Who cares if you can’t spell or only have the rudiments of grammar? That’s why god invented spell checkers and editors. Personally, I hate apostrophes. If I had a gun and I could see an apostrophe, I’d shoot the damn thing. People who sweat about spelling and grammar should get out more. What matters is your idea. What matters is your gift for transmitting that idea.
I hate this dumb comment. It immediately makes me want to stop writing. It’s supposed to make things simple but all it does when a writer sees it is make them think about why they can’t write and then it makes them go and get a coffee and have sex with a badger. Saying writers write to a writer is like saying you can’t write, give up now.
No, you can’t. Live with it. Self-publishing, Indie, the whole social media thing. It all takes time. Make the effort to learn all sides of your craft/business. Build slow. Gather knowledge. Think about what you’re doing. Don’t be afraid to experiment. You can do it while you’re writing that great novel. It’s easy. You just have to connect. Don’t sweat, it’s not that difficult.
You sit at your PC, waiting for the words to come. You type, delete, type, delete. For two hours you try to encourage the muse. Then, when you’re in bed, she flits in and throws an idea or two into your head. The muse is a bitch. If I had a gun…yeah, yeah, yeah….
So your question for today is this: The muse does this because….answers on a postcard.
The $64,000 question. Unfortunately, it’s not for you to decide. Your peers decide. Those people out there. And they don’t care much about your feelings. You’re just as likely to get a good review as a bad review…you know why, because people are like that. If they were all the same, you wouldn’t need writers to explore the human condition.
My advice: Have the courage of your convictions and don’t get hung up on the reviews. Don’t get over excited by the good ones, and don’t sink into the pit of despond by the bad ones. Remain on even ground. After all, it’s only a book.
Yeah, you may have inadvertently written a classic. It might even, in years to come, be used in schools like To Kill a Muckybird or Lord of the Fleas. Listen up: It’s beyond your control. Don’t sweat. Get on with the next book. If you’ve written a classic, when you’re dead they’ll engrave something on your tombstone about it.
Because you’re a writer. And didn’t you know…writers write…
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