How Do You Write Best?

In the past several months I have connected with a great network of authors, and every day I learn new things.writing-lady

I still have a lot to learn, and I have so many creative story ideas in my head; it’s now just a matter of finding a way to write and express them.

But this all makes me wonder… how do other author’s write, and what techniques and tips do they have for those who are looking to break into this immense world of writing and publishing.

When and where do you get your best ideas?

What influences your story telling, and how do you bring that to life into something that others would want to read? Tell us about the most random moments of genius and where they came from, or perhaps the story that took you by surprise.

Who and how do you use to sense check your stories?

Are you a lone ranger, or do you rely on a myriad of friends or family to review your thoughts, ideas and writing before it goes through the official processes? Who is your most reliable critique and why? Tell us about how you manage criticism and feedback in those early stages, especially when you are so excited but perhaps someone else just doesn’t see it.

When do you know when to walk away from a story?

Perhaps it was a momentary spark of innovation, but somehow you just cannot bring it to life in words. What do you do when your writing is not working, or when you get stumped on how to move your story forward? Is there ever a point where you have had to walk away?

I would love to hear from other authors, please feel free to comment with your experiences, tips and learnings. After all, we can only aspire to perfect this craft!

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  1. My inspiration tends to come from little things, often a single comment taken out of context which fires off a string of weird ideas and perspectives. These get added to a notebook and may sit there for a long time until I get around to expanding them into full stories.

    My first line of checking and editing is my wife. All ideas get bounced off her and she is often the first proofreader. She’s contributed a fair few ideas herself too. The final edit is always done alone.

    I’ve only ever abandoned one novel. It was an occult horror with four separate plot threads running through it. I wasn’t happy with it anyway as the four strands weren’t gelling very well and seemed disconnected. Then a movie came out which coincidentally duplicated one of the plot lines. I gave up then. The central idea is still good and I may return to it one day. But if something just isn’t working there’s no mistaking the sense of growing frustration.

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