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!