When I’m not writing, I’m reading about writing, or doing research for writing. One thing I’ve learned so far, writers never stop learning. If you stop studying and researching, your writing can become stale and boring. Like old crackers.
Part of the growth process for a writer is reading fresh, new fiction. I’ve done a little of that in the past couple of months by helping to judge writers’ contests. I’ve read some absolutely wonderful chapters by talented writers that make me downright jealous. But that’s not a good reaction unless it spurs me to push forward to write crisper, more entertaining fiction.
One thing writers don’t really want to mess with is their unique voice. But you can write different types of stories in new genres, and explore different angles of the art. I’m anxious to do that, to learn how to craft a better story. Because stale crackers are only good for meatloaf or feeding to the squirrels.
Writers–When you started your first novel, how did you go about it? Did you just sit down and write, or did you outline it or plot it first? I’d love to hear your stories! First novels are a little like first babies or first jobs or even first love. We have sweet memories we like to share.
My first novel — I sat down and wrote, and wrote, and wrote. I wish I could do that now! Oh the freedom of fingers flying over keys, not worrying about content, just slugging it out there.
So that first novel–have you published it? Or is it squirreled away like a couple of mine?
How do you learn more about writing?
- Take a course
- Attend a conference
- Read/study a writing book or course (on your own)
- All of the above
If you could attend a course taught by the best of the best in writing–who would that be?
I’m asking these questions because I’m curious, but also–I’m writing a post and could use the input. So, if you have a moment, please leave me a comment below. Thanks so much!
Right now, I’m sitting in my favorite writing spot, hammering out this post–it’s late again! I’m at my dining room table, occasionally looking out the window at pouring rain and beautiful buttercups in bloom. So, my final question is: Where do you write? Do you have an office, or do you–like me–move around with a laptop?
Wherever you write, however you write, I hope your writing is successful. But most of all, I hope your writing fulfills you, because doing what you love is the greatest kind of blessing.
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My first novel? I wrote scenes in no particular order, then pieced it all together. It’s not published but I still have hope.
I learned about writing from all the ways you mentioned but mostly trial and error.
I write in the study, living room, or kitchen. Occasionally at a coffee shop.
Thanks for asking 🙂
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Thanks for answering! Trial and error is a good, time-tested method.
I agree that being in a constant state of learning either through books, mentors, or just reading other works can help a lot. But it has to be balanced with writing time. Writing everyday, something helps keep the words and the voice going.
You’re exactly right, Karen. It takes balance and discipline, too. I write almost everyday, but not always on my WIP. Blog posts, letters, whatever keeps me writing. Thanks!
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