This month, as I did last year, I’m taking a break from my focus on Scottish historical romance to participate in the AtoZ Blogging Challenge. The first post is A, the next is B and so on every day this month, except Sundays. Last year, my theme was Scotland. This year, my theme is The Writing Life. Check back here every day this month to follow along and find out what I’ve learned in the last year. For instance:
I is for Indecision. We writers grapple with it all the time. In fact, I faced it in trying to come up with a topic for this post. Finally, it dawned on me that the indecision I felt made for the perfect topic since writers deal with it all the time. So here’s a list of some of the things we writers have trouble deciding.
- Are we really a writer – or not?
- Who’s POV should a scene be in?
- Who is our hero? Our heroine?
- What plot twist should carry us past the sagging middle?
- Should we take our critique partner’s advice and radically redesign the scene they just read?
- How do we know when a book is really finished?
- Is it good enough to submit?
- Who should it be submitted to?
- Traditional publish or self-publish?
And the list goes on. You get the idea. It’s not just putting words on paper. It’s more like navigating a stream with lots of tributaries. Where your story goes may differ depending on which decision you make at any moment.