At some point, after all the blogs you’ve read, after all articles you’ve scoured, and after all the books you’ve read on writing, you just gotta write.
Because in the end the best writing advice anyone can give is:
READ. WRITE. AND LIVE.
NOW, that doesn’t mean that all other writing advice is null. Learning routines, how to do characters arcs, work out plot holes, how to make your villain scary, are all good awesome whatever. How to stay inspired, how to prevent burn out etc.
There ain’t nothing wrong with any of that. In fact, I’ve read many blogs and articles about that kind of stuff that I’ve found very helpful. Heck, I’ve WRITTEN stuff like that, and probably will continue to do so.
But sometimes you just gotta forget about character arcs and what not and just write that darn story.
And I think one of the problems is that we forget that writing is an art form. It’s not a science. It’s about creating. (sub-creating, specifically). It’s about writing. Like, actually putting words on a page.
And here’s the thing: the more you write and read, the more it gets into your system. Characters arcs and plot structure become second nature. All those little details get nailed into your brain.
You know, you learn a new embroidery stitch. The first few times you do it, you have to reference back to a tutorial. But after a while, you just know how to do it.
I believe that’s the same with writing.
That’s all I have to say for today. It took me two days to write this post and it’s probably not even 500 words. So, this is all you get folks.