If I have discovered anything over the years it is writing is a learning process.
At first I would only write when I felt motivated to write. I quickly learned this was a beginner’s folly. The start of a new writing project is easy to stay motivated with the fresh ideas flowing in constantly, but once I got past the “honeymoon phase” it was harder to keep motivated, so I didn’t write as much. Then I started trying to write everyday, but soon discovered that method didn’t work for me. I started writing drivel just to fill the days. Now, I do a combination of the two. I try to write when I feel motivated, but I will write at least once a week. Occasionally, I fail miserably at that goal, but at least now it is taking less time to write a book, so I think I’m on the right track.
With experience, I have also learned what will and what won’t work when writing and continually adjust my style. It works both with my fiction writing and with blog posts. I noticed over the course of writing Reverie that my writing style and voice changed over the years it took to write. The early narratives no longer work as they were shallow. At the time I didn’t really know the characters and that knowledge grew the longer I worked with them. Now, I realize that I need to get to know my character’s back story before (or at least within the first couple chapters) I start writing their story.
My favorite thing about writing blog posts is I can track the views, comments, etc. I can tell what is working and what is not, quickly and adjust my writing style to match. If you go back to the beginning of this blog, you can see the growth and learning taking place. I do find it fascinating to occasionally go back and read old posts or stories just to see how far I have come.
I have learned a lot about myself during this fun adventure called writing and I’ve also learned that life is a work in progress. Everything changes and every event real or imagined gives a lesson to be learned.