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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Writers Writing - Pondering the Whys
I use Grammarly to check plagiarism because a twist in the tale must be more than another writer's kink.
Why is it we
do it? Why do we write?
Yes, we want
to tell stories. We enjoy that part.
itseem new writers are forever asking established writers about how they work?
I admit to that same curiosity when I was a new writer. There is that element
of curiosity for me. Now it seems the new writer wants to absorb that
information like a sponge; whether the well-known, respected writer prefers to
write by hand or at a computer; whether he or she prefers to write in solitude
or at a coffee shop; whether that writer writes into the wee hours of the
morning or prefers the rising dawn as a time to write; whether said writer
outlines or wings it. All of that like knowing such tidbits will somehow
transfer by osmosis the golden ring of success. It seems the new writer
believes/hopes that if he or she can just understand the mechanical workings of
a ‘successful’ author then that method can be duplicated and create a similar
bubble of success for the new writer.
Surprise! There is no magic wand, no
perfect formula, no recipe if meticulously followed, that will guarantee
writing success. Heck, nothing to even guarantee mediocrity. There’s no
important “thing” such as pen vs. computer, large desk vs. small or daylight
vs. darkness that will hurl said writer straight into success.
that we have to circle back to where this post began.
It’s why we
If the only
thing driving your writing forward is the desire for ‘success’ then you might
not be in the right field, or perhaps you need to get into commercial writing
of some stripe. Maybe fiction writing isn’t for you.
I think it’s
safe to say we’d all like to be the ‘big name’ writers who pull in the big
bucks and can write comfortably from whatever environment we choose. Reality
check. Only a very small percentage of fiction writers are able to make their
living at the craft. And, by the way, luck plays a very large role in which
writers actually become those ‘big name’ writers. It isn’t that those said ‘big
names’ aren’t talented, but what had to be added to that was being at the right
place at the right time with the right story and the right drive to get there.
So what to
do? Keep writing. Write what you love and put yourself out there. Your
manuscript won’t be published, your screenplay optioned if you leave it in a
to uncover some magic formula that creates success. If you’re curious about
other writer’s methods, ask, sure, why not? Incorporate some of those methods
if it makes you feel better, but remember that ultimately your success lies
with you. Methods of writing don’t have much to do with it, other than simply
getting it done. So gather your tools. Write, create, tell stories. Be in the
right place at the right time with the right story.
HOW you do it, writing the story is the only path that will lead you to