Hello, everyone, and welcome to another Writer's Wednesday! I hope you're ready for a good post.
Today on the Crimson Sterling blog, you can find "Setting Your Writing On Fire...In A Good Way", as well as some Crimson updates.
Also, be sure to read to the end of this post for some important Snowflake Triplet info.
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The best writing advice I was ever given is this: finish.
This advice came from author Ridley Pearson, who was the first author I ever met in person (and a very talented writer, at that; very nice, too). At the time, I was set to release Clara Claus, brimming with young writerly excitement, and it was a good thing for me to hear, because it put writing into perspective for me.
Finish. If you don't finish, you'll never get anywhere.
I don't think I will ever forget that first encounter with the wonderful Mr. Pearson, whose last Kingdom Keepers book I am currently reading -- but I also think that, if I could add something to his advice, it would be this: finish, and take your time.
Finish, and take your time--
Finish, and take your time.
So many things now are done quickly, and I know that I've ranted about this before. I could go on about how we publish quickly, write quickly, how two weeks can seem far too long to finish the project we are working on...but I promise not to rant too much. The point I want to make is: if we want to finish, and finish well, we need to take our time, no matter how long it may be.
There is a fine line between taking ample time and being lazy, but we all know when we are being lazy. However, if we are rushing, then we are not doing our best, and our best is what our novel, ourselves, and our readers deserve.
It's easy to get swept up in the "fast method", but it's difficult to really sit down and make yourself take time when writing -- time to plot, to think, to see things that you wouldn't have just breezing through. I used to take a long time to write a novel, at least six months, usually more towards a year, even longer in some cases (SOPM took about four to actually complete, maybe five), but in the last few years I have found myself rushing, and when I wonder why, I really can't find a reason that sounds legitimate.
Because my readers are asking for the next installment? Because it seems like people who publish fast make more money, and have more readers? Because I want to get to the next project?
There really is no excuse for sloppiness.
Of course readers want the next book -- but they want a good story most of all, and will wait for it. If you're in publishing solely for money, you are probably going to be disappointed. The next project will wait, and there will always be a "next project".
When we take our time, we are able to get closer to our characters, and closer to our hearts as writers. Rushing through something means that you really don't care about it, whereas taking time to spend with it means that you do care. It works in every relationship -- friends, spouses, children, coworkers -- and novels are no different. The time you invest reflects what you get out of your relationship with your novel, and subsequently your readers relationships with your novel.
It can be difficult to sit down and devote time to one project, but that is when we have to decide what projects we really need to get done -- I say need, instead of want. We only have so much time on this Earth, only so much we can write, so we have to choose what to write, and choose to allow it to be important to us by taking our time, and by finishing it.
What is the best writing advice you were given, and how has it helped you?
Snowflake Triplet News ~
So, here is another twist in the plot, so to speak, that I have been thinking of for quite some time, and I have finally made a decision to announce.
I will be taking some time off from publishing the Snowflake Triplet Christmas books -- please note that I say publishing, not writing. I am continuing work on writing them, but I will not be publishing a new installment this year. The reason being is that I don't want to rush through the story, or through the writing. There are only two major books left in the series, and I am not certain about the first one, but the final installment, Clara Frost, will be longer than any of the books yet. There are a lot of strings to tie, and I want to tie them properly. The books are shaping up well, and I'm having a lot of fun writing them, but I will not be finished with the next book in time for release this year.
Thank you to everyone who has, and continues to, support me in this project. I am cooking up a grand finale for you!