Can I just say that every single writer is different?
I mean yeah, we have wonderfully rat packy stuff in common with each other. But every single little thing that’s best for one writer…well, you know how the rest of this sentence goes. Let’s throw down some examples, cause I love them. ^_^
FOR EXAMPLE…not all first drafts are crap.
–Some are. If you have one, it’s okay. If you don’t, it’s actually okay to admit this and stop hunting for horribly grievous problems when there aren’t any!
It’s okay use a thesaurus.
-I read somewhere once that if you don’t know the word you’re looking for, you need to stop looking, or some pretentious crap like that. Um, no. It is TOTALLY okay to use the dictionary. Sometimes our brains freeze. Sometimes we look down and realize we’ve used FREEZE three times in the same paragraph and we just want a different word! Rock that bad boy.
Not all writers need/want a beta reader/critique partner.
-Some writers have betas for life, some for only a few years, some never have one. Some only have one extra set of eyes, while others have many. Some hire a professional editor instead of OR including having a bunch of betas.
Everyone revises/drafts/plots/plans/insert whatever I’m forgetting here – differently.
-I love reading how other writers revise. Some switch scenes around, some rewrite each draft from scratch, some write out of order, some write chronologically no matter what, some people outline, some people never outline, some people take two years to finish a draft, some can finish a draft in 7 days, some people burn out after 1000 words a day, some can write 10k a day and never burn out (lucky).
It’s okay if you don’t want to write every single day.
-Even too much of a good thing is…too much. If you need a break, take it. If you don’t need a break, don’t force it on yourself. It’s okay to take the weekend’s off…or only write on the weekends.
You can do whatever you want with your free time.
-If you want to fill all your free-time with more writing, DO IT! If you want to spend your free-time getting your Ph.D, ROCK IT! If you’re a full-time writer but still want a second job on the side as a scullery maid cause you just love cleaning that much, do your thing.
Whatever is in your coffee…it is okay. We are all on different levels, and we’re all just doing what works best for us as the writers we are today.
Also, cause I love you guys, I found theses quotes around the internet somewhere sometime and have been hoarding them on my computer. I think they are just perfection. ^_^