One of the greatest things about being a writer is that as long as you're doing it, you never stop learning. You have some basics already, things you've read and osmosed before you even started your journey into the madness that is the writing life. Like these:
- Write what you know.
- Writers are born, not taught.
- One POV to a scene.
- Write every day.
- Love to write.
- All genre fiction is formulaic.
- Write what you know.
Got all those? Or, should I say, had all those? Because they're mostly wrong, aren't they? As you go along, your list of what you know becomes longer and less neatly drawn. Those imaginary lines around that list? You can't color inside them. You shouldn't even try. Because:
- Must of us don't know enough to keep writing what we know. I'm 66 and I'd have been done by the time I was 29. And that's giving myself a break on what I think I know.
- I think I was born to write. I do. But I don't think all writers are. I think some of them just learn that well. I am bitterly envious of those who can.
- I DO write with one POV to a scene, but only because I've been badgered into it and the truth is I'm pretty naturally compliant (not one of my favorite traits about myself.) When I read, I'm perfectly happy with more than one POV. Go figure.
- Most of the time, I write every day. But when I don't, I don't. The sky doesn't fall, the manuscript doesn't curl up and die. My family still loves me. My reason for writing every day is that as long as I do, I can slip easily back into the place I left. If I have some off days in there, it takes longer to get comfortable on page 73.
- I love to write more than any other one thing in my life--no, not more than the people there--but more than any other activity. I just read A Wilder Rose, about Rose Wilder Lane, and was surprised to learn that she didn't love writing at all but was very good at it. For her, it was a living. I guess for me it's life.
- I think genre fiction is formulaic in large part. So? I've never understood the problem with that. You read what you like, right?
- If you write what you don't know, you learn about it. Back we go to one of the "greatest things."
What about you? Tell us what you thought you knew then and what you think you know now.
Have a great week!