There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. ~W. Somerset Maugham
When I first began writing again I read rule after rule. Write this way, no write this way…Wait, you have to write this way or you’ll never get published.
Writing isn’t about getting published, it’s about writing the story that’s inside of you. It’s about getting the words on the page. It’s about sharing that story with someone else, and hopefully, getting published–but really it’s about sharing the story.
I have written for as long as I can remember. I was writing when it was just scribbles that were words to me. Now, sometimes the words look more like scribbling, but it’s all about the words–getting the words of the story down on paper.
I have tried various means and methods of writing a novel, and I finally realized I have to do what works for me as a writer. No matter how much I like the detailed outlining, it’s just not for me–I am a loose outliner. A hybrid between a pantser and a plotter. I prefer to write the details by the seat of my pants, and plot just the core of the outline–the basics.
I think I like Nora Roberts’ quote best: “Anyone who tells you there’s a “right” way to write is a lying bitch.” ~As seen on TarotbyArwen. 😀