In today’s Journal
* Thanks for dropping by
* Topic: On Process
Thanks for dropping by and/or hanging in there. I’m currently camping some 500 feet above the Gila River in southwest New Mexico.
Here’s another brief topic as a thank you for hanging around.
Topic: On Process
A few days ago, James Scott Bell wrote an article titled “Should You Write Dreck?”https://killzoneblog.com/2019/06/should-you-write-dreck.html over on the KillZone blog.
Since he asked, here’s my response (slightly amended):
Thanks for this, Jim.
I believe writing (practice, moving forward) trumps hovering (not saying you hover, but I know a few mostly new writers who do).
1. I write the best story I can at my current skill level (subconscious, creative mind). I allow the characters to tell the story since they’re the ones who are living it. Then I publish it. Let the readers decide.
2. Then I learn (conscious mind) by reading nonfiction books, other authors’ fiction, and occasionally taking a course if it beckons me.
3. Then I apply what I absorbed (what works for me) to the next story (again, subconscious, creative mind) and publish it.
I never look back, and I never rewrite (hover).
I have written some beginnings and endings and cliffhangers and hooks that I like better than others, but I try to bear in mind I’m only one reader.
What I love, another reader will merely like, and another reader might actively dislike. Likewise, what I believe is dreck, another reader will love (or like, etc.).
Perfection does exist. But my perfection is different than yours. I don’t strive for perfection because perfection lies in the perception of the reader.
‘Til next time, happy writing.