Throw Out The Rules!
I've never known a more beautiful symphony than the marriage of pen and ink. Writing has always been a drug for me, an escape, a passion. And for anybody else who shares this passion, I am sure that you have endured the same kinds of writer obstacles that we all face.
Is my writing good enough? How can I improve as a writer? Will my audience enjoy this? Can I make a successful career from my writing?
If you're like me, you've maybe wandered into the library and browsed through books with titles like; "How To Be a Better Writer," "Writing Fearlessly," and "100 Tips for Writing Success."
Some of these books are even written by novelists and successful published writers and you think to yourself, 'well, if it worked for them, it has to be legitimate.'
In all my years of writing though, very few of those magical writing tips have ever really worked for me. I tried writing in the fashions that these successful writers do, I tried to map out my ideas in the exact pattern that these books teach, and I was learning to write in a voice that wasn't my own.
I think if you truly want to be a successful writer, you have to throw out the rules. That may seem a little impulsive or imprudent, but for me it has made all the difference. Now, I am not suggesting that you avoid those kinds of books or tips. By all means, read them and try opening your mind to new ideas and concepts. But don't feel like a failure if another writer's tips or suggestions don't work out for you.
If you alter your writing voice or write in ways that don't truly vibe with you, then I can promise you that almost each and every time, whatever you are writing will not be something you feel proud of. It will be forced writing, jumbled writing, and it will never be as good as it could have been. As a writer you have to find your own methods of creating your stories. If you find mapping your ideas out really helps, then map them out. If you find listening to music helps inspire you, then shamelessly blare your Pandora when you write. Throw the rules out. Just because certain writing tips worked great for other writers does not always mean that they will work for you. Find your writing voice, make your own rules, and write fearlessly! Let your passion burn with that wild glow inside of you and I can promise you, that will be the writing you come to love!