All artists are unique individuals who approach their work in a way that works for them. There is no right, no wrong, no perfect how-to to follow. From personal experience both as a writer and book reviewer who also does author interviews, I can say with confidence that the paths to creating new works is as varied as the artists themselves.
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The same doesn't hold true for me with writing new books. I struggle there. While the act of writing is the same - a few hours typing on my computer every day - the focus has to be somewhere in the distance. You can't complete a book in a day, at least not the kind of work I want to have my name on. While a good feeling arises at reaching a daily goal, such as a word count. The major gratification of finishing a job doesn't happen for a long time. I have to admit, my ADD doesn't like delaying the rewards.
This last week I finished reading On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King. In it he wraps his memoir around how writing came to work for him. Several times during the book I had to pause and think about what he said as, although they might have been ideas I already knew, I had misplaced them. He writes fiction, but his writing is very led by the characters he creates. He starts with a "what-if" and then follows the characters through the story, often not knowing the end until he writes it.
I love this. It is also something I can bring to the table when sharing the stories of others. I don't need to TRY and tell their stories in a way that is interesting, I need to relax and let my real characters tell the story as I type. I need to channel their voices in a way that brings authenticity to the page, an authenticity that will echo in the hearts of the readers.
As I move back into a deep focus on my writing in November, I hope to bring these two truths to mind before I begin writing each day. Let my inner muse guide me, let the words flow through me. It's okay if they are a chaotic mess or if there are days it feels like I am throwing shit at the wall. All I need to do is continue to show up and write - taking it one word at a time.
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