The casual observer looking in on me today will see me at my desk, my favourite red and white spotted mug steaming away near my right hand. Open on my desk is my jigsaw board, with a Wasgij in process. This is not the scene normally associated with a writer.
My laptop is resting, open, on a box to the side of me. Its innocent looking screen asleep for now …
What I am doing here is weaving the story. Once I have the fabric made it gets laid down within my latest work. This may seem like a waste of time, no not at all. It might not be everyone’s method, but it works for me, along with knitting.
Writers out there, especially those who are just starting out on this game let your work speak with its voice. Don’t get caught up in minimum daily word counts, if the story is there it will come. It is better to write five hundred good words than a thousand poor ones. Good words are those hammered out on the anvil of creation. Craft your words in your own style.
Too many writers lose site of the story and concentrate on verb-tenses and a whole host of terms which are to me, the equivalent of cold shower. Write the story first then make it shine. Find an editor who will work with your voice, without editing the soul out of it. A good book should sing, and sing in tune.