I just went to a site that is supposed to teach you how to write. I never understood what it was supposed to teach you how to write—I got lost in the junk on the first page. It really made me sick because the page tried to cover everything in one gargantuan bite, moving from how to get published in one corner, to buy one writing course and get the other for … whatever. It was a dizzying maze of information thrown on a splatter board–just something to confuse or discourage the heck out of you.
I understand those kinds of sites—promising the world, and then leaving you with less money and no real progress with your desire to write. Believe me, I’m not talking about every writing course on the net, but I’ve bought my share of the got-your-money now you’re on your own affiliate style stuff. You ask a question today and you night get the answer in a week. You don’t need that, and why should you go through it when I already have?
I’m a big proponent on finding people who are traveling in your direction. They, like me, may not have it all figured out, but they’ve learned a few things worth mentioning. Last week’s post asked the question: do you feel you have the stuff to become a science fiction and fantasy writer? I’m going to add ghost stories writing to the list because I see spirits all the time—maybe I’m kidding, maybe I’m not.
I started working on Blood Melt in 2008. Blood Melt was my debut novel that was finally released in mid June 2012. In 2008, it wasn’t called, Blood Melt, in fact, Blood Melt is the third novel title for the same book. I have read expert advice that suggests you not name your book until you see what it has developed into. My approach is to start off with a name, but don’t get attached to it because as your story writes itself, it will probably change your precious name. Yes, you heard me right—the story really does writes itself. In writing, you must be willing to change with it. Let the story guide you. That’s when it becomes powerful!
What I want to say in conclusion is that your writing will automatically evolve over time. Yes you need the grammar and the character point of view and much more, but not all thrown in your face at once—that’s a recipe for major frustration. My suggestion for this week is that you-do- you by deciding what your three most important writing goals are for next year. What would you like to see accomplished in your writing by December 2016?