Embrace Your Writing Process #writingtips
I’m a retired English teacher. So obviously, I’m a stickler for grammar, a stickler for the spelling of words correctly. But I not a stickler when it comes to the creative writing process. Obviously, a finished novel should not have errors, but even the most discerning, attentive, and grammar-obsessed author might later discover their finished book has—GASP!—a typo. Alas, perfection can’t always be for us mere human beings.
Sorry, I got a bit off topic…
We’re talking writing process, not the end result.
Question: What’s the best writing process?
Whatever works for you is the correct way!
My first paragraph proved my point. For me, first draft sometimes involves writing that leads to tangents. If I stop and fix them, it impacts my creativity.
Frustration happens when you don’t have a process, when you’re searching for answers. My best advice is to read a lot and write as often as you can. In this case—yes, practice does make perfect.
- Read as much as you can. See my post on why reading is important to the writing process.
- Write whenever you can. Some people need a routine. For example, 1/2 hour every morning before work.
- Get to know your characters.
- Do you research.
- Develop your setting.
- Outline if you’re an outliner.
- Keep a notebook handy for those ideas that pop up in the most unusual or inconvenient times.
- Don’t worry about perfection during the writing process.
- Listen to how people speak and imagine your characters speaking to one another. Make the dialogue natural.
- Be kind to yourself. The worst thing you could ever do is tell yourself that you’re a lousy writer. Keep going. Don’t give up!