I am a devoted blog reader. I love reading about the successes of other writers, new books and various articles on the craft of writing. One of the things that I’ve learned doing all this reading is that what works for someone else may not work for me.
A specific outline stifles my fiction but I have to have a vague idea where I’m going so I can’t work outline free either.
Writing at my local coffee shop to avoid the phone? No thanks. People are simply too distracting.
Going on a writing retreat to get scads of writing done? I love to workshop sessions but after all that together time, the quiet time is usually spent decompressing, not writing.
Instead, I’ve had to learn what works in my creative world and that includes:
- Vague outlines.
- Writing in my home study or in the dining room; it depends where other people are in the house.
- Attending events for inspiration but expecting that I will go home to actually write.
What does this mean for you? When you read advice on someone’s writing blog, even this one, be willing to give it a shot. But if it doesn’t work, don’t panic.
Instead, look at how you work best. Do you need lengthy periods of time in which to write? Or do you work best in quick spurts? Do you need background noise or complete quiet? There is no magic formula for successful writing. Instead, you are going to have to look at yourself and your situation and come up with a formula that works like magic for you.
You may need to try several different things but you’ll come up with something that works. You are, after all, a creative person.