I just got back from my monthly London Writers Society meeting, and there were a lot of interesting thoughts and opinions floating around tonight, so I thought I’d share some of them. Now, I don’t necessarily agree with some of these — in fact, several of them I think are totally wrong — but I figured I’d share the full spectrum, and then you guys can take or leave whatever you want!
In no particular order … wisdoms from my writers society meeting:
- Great writers should aim to write 1,000 words a day
- Great writers should treat writing like a full time job, and work at least seven hours a day, six days a week
- It’s more effective to write for a set period of time than write toward a specific word count goal
- Great writers should “blueprint” their books before they ever set fingers to keyboard
- Great writers should write first, and research later
- Great writers should research first, and write second
- Great writers should write only what they know
Lots of interesting ideas presented … and I’m not sure where I stand on a lot of them. I definitely disagree with the “write first, research later” mantra. What if I’ve decided to write a story about 18th century pirates in the South Pacific? I don’t know anything about 18th century pirates. I don’t know anything about the South Pacific. I don’t even know if there were 18th century South Pacific pirates. For all I know, the 18th century South Pacific seas were ruled by a cabal of hyper-intelligent octopoids. I’ll never know unless I research!
Unrelated media of the day:
Speaking of not knowing what the heck you’re talking about …
LOL. Fow. xD
And I like how the last 3 things all just contradict one another.
I personally like to research as I go. I don’t want to get bogged down, but when something pops up that I don’t know–get on Google and look it up! (This is happening a lot with the new Nano book I’m working on, based on all that French stuff I don’t know.)
And, out of curiosity, how many of these writers you meet with are ‘great writers’? xD It seems they have a lot to say about what ‘great writers’ should do, but as far as I can tell from Twitter, great writers are all nuts, and run the gamut of what they do and don’t do. No rules–just do whatever works for you.