"Small" writing challenges for my small writing talent. Hotel note pads are the only space allowed. Let's see if I can strip it down and tighten it up to learn something. Improving my skill of weird fiction.
I’ll tell you something about writing. I don’t know what to tell you, and there are a bazillion other writers that try to. Think about that for a moment. How many books on writing do you see here? (I took this picture today at my local Barns & Noble bookstore) How many authors, who finally figured out what works for them, suddenly feel the need to tell us how theirs is the only way that works? King will say to you to use that seat of your pants and write organically. Patterson will tell you how important an outline is. Another will tell you of other ideas and ways, yet, that’s what works for THEM. Does it work for you? Will it work for you? What if it doesn’t? Do you buy another book on how to hoping that is what will finally make it all click? There is no guarantee. Is there a 50/50 expectation? Is it a 1/100 that one of these purchasable styles will be your thing? That’s what I’m saying. If you can’t do it like King or Patterson or anyone else, don’t fret because those stories and successes are theirs, not yours.
(YIKES! I had a complete repeat here for how many months? Just cut it….and I still got likes…)
Your dialogue is in your style and your story telling is in your style. So tell your story. Get that down on paper. The magic is in the revision, but you first have to write it all down, every misspelled word, terrible case, horrible stab-me-in-the-eye pun, and run-on after run-on paragraph you write. Play it like a bad guy with a job to do; shoot em all now and sort em out later. You got this, and you got this in your way. Those thousands of published authors have their ideas, but if there’s a thousand of them pushing their way, then what does that say about the concept of how to write? There is no one way if that many can’t agree.
Not to say that some of these authors don’t have a good idea. We can try what they do but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t work. I can’t just write by the seat of my pants like King, I have to have a slight and light outline, but not a heavy detailed one like Michael Connelly does it. I build in wiggle room. Bradbury found his method when he woke up and free associated words to describe his feelings for an hour or so, then arguing for or against the words he wrote down. Suddenly he had a story, and that’s what he did ever since. Nope. Not for me. That just doesn’t work out as well. So you can try what you want, but you’ll develop your way by doing and this month of 50k+ words is an excellent time to enhance the good and eliminate the bad ways to tell a story.