WRITING WITH THE DOOR CLOSED
(don’t forget to comment to be entered in the giveaway!)
It’s strange how we quickly forget what it was like to write our first ever story.
While we knew nothing, we also perhaps felt invincible and wrote just for ourselves.
I gave a few online workshops on steampunk with Theresa Meyers while everyone was at RWA and the same fear keeps coming back, is my story steampunk enough? Do I have enough gadgets? What if I want to set it somewhere else than England?
I have to confess that I have the same fears.
Why do we fear other’s critique so much?
Why? Probably because I care to much about the outside world (you know critiques, reviews, potential editors) and I forgot to close my door.
I reread Stephen King ON WRITING the other day and it’s right there in back and white: “write with your door closed, open it up to edit”
Don’t worry, write!
That said, stop worrying! Just write the goddamn story, don’t fret. Don’t think of reviewers, contest judges, whether it’s too this or that. Don’t write to please anyone but yourself.
Then when you have poured your heart out, you can open your door and start thinking about whether it’s marketable or not. You can tweak it if necessary.
There is a delete key on your computer! It’s there for a purpose. But don’t use it until you write the entire thing!!!
Writing is suppose to be fun!!!
I’m slugging (nicely) along on my steampunk story and I’ve given up worrying amd closed my door. If it turns out not pure steampunk but a romance or a urban fantasy, so be it. If I don’t get the dirigeable mechanics right away, I can add that later! Right now, I’m having a blast writing my vision!
I’ll figure out what it is when it’s all done!
M-C’S BOOK PILE GIVEWAY:
I’ve looked at my crowded bookshelf and find out that have tons of brand new–some signed– paperbacks that have received free from conferences.
So every week-end, I’ll be giving away one book to a lucky commenter. I have enough books to do this for a whole year! So if you don’t want to miss out, I suggest you subscribe to the blog to make sure you do not miss a single contest!
This week, since I’m taking a great workshop on Theme with category author Susan Meier, I am giving away a signed copy of her Harlequin Romance: MAID IN MONTANA! (I think I won that one at the ECWC conference last year!) – I love reading category to learn how to get the romance story line nice and tight
Comment and win!
So do you write with the door closed or not?
Tell me in the comments below and I’ll pick up a winner which I’ll annouce next week!