How To Take Charge And Write Your Own Way

If you’re trying to figure out HOW you should be writing (plotter vs. pantser, how and when to create characters, etc.), you need to read this post from Sacha Black.

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How To Take Charge & Write Your Own Way

I love reading blogs written by other writers, editors, publishers and general creative bods. I particularly love reading blogs on ‘writing’ and how to write better. That’s why in my own blog I like to explore the lessons I’m learning as I progress on my journey to be a writer.

But there’s a snag. In reading all those posts, without realising, I got myself caught up in thinking I should be doing something a certain way. Using a character template for example, and then getting caught up in which specific template I should use, whether I should be using one for scenes or settings, having to outline, or not outline, style of note taking, being a pantser or a plotter, editing as I go or writing to the end and then editing… the options are endless and I wrapped myself up in a big knotty ball of stress trying to figure out which was the…

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About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have eight cats. I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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4 Responses to How To Take Charge And Write Your Own Way

  1. svrtnsse says:

    I’m always intrigued by people’s relation to writing rules. That is, rules for how one should write. The way I see it, the rules are there to guide you until you understand them and the reason behind them. You can of course chose whether to stick with them or not, but regardless of whether you do or not I feel it’s important that you understand the reasoning behind them.

    Why does this rule tell me to do it in this way? Why is that important?
    I think those are what matters most when it comes to rules. They’re not there for you to blindly follow, but to help you understand what you’re doing.

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