I like to repeat things I’ve learned to myself. It helps me retain the things I’ve learned.
So, over on my author blog, I did (yet another) long-winded post on why I love the Writing into the Dark method. There are lots of writers I know – and many of them are better craftsmen than I – who don’t like the idea of it. I tried to explain to myself why that is, so I can relate it to others if they ask.
I’ve always had a habit of saying the same things over and over to get them through my thick skull. And if I can teach someone what I’ve learned, it’s an indication I’ve truly understood it. But sometimes, I have to do a thing before I can walk someone else through it. And that will generally reveal any weaknesses in the process, or at least, in my understanding of the process.
So I apologize for being repetitious over there. I should be more careful if that’s going to be my “author brand site” or whatever. But I want the stuff down, on record, on the Internet, so I can review it if necessary.
Also, I’m still not done tweaking my last novel and I already have an idea starting to niggle my creative mind. I think it could be another book. I wondered if novellas would be the thing for me, but I also know a lot of people out there, depending on what genre they read, prefer long, meaty book. Heavy tomes. I think it makes them feel they got their money’s worth. Can’t blame ’em for that.
So anyway, I repeated a lot of what I learned about the method over there. I’m learning a great deal of insider things from Dean Wesley Smith‘s blog, and Kristine Katherine Rusch‘s too. They’ve been pro writers for three-plus decades, and have done everything writers can do in this business. I trust their insights, and so far, so good.
But, like I said on my other blog, that’s me. It’s my unique journey, different from anyone else’s. I’ll share what I have when I have it, when I think I can share it, but in the end, we all make our own choices. I have a long way to go to be the storyteller I want to be, but at least I have some idea of the areas I need to focus on.
Relaxing and letting writing be fun again is next up.