Are you forcing the words?

Writers, we should be writing what we want to read. It takes a lot of work to create a good read. If you’re forcing it, the readers will know. You will know, too.

I know when I’m making this mistake. The words just won’t come for me. I’ll force something out just to make a day of work, but sure enough, it reads like crap. If I don’t like what I’m writing, there’s no way the reader will.

I’ve tried over and over again to change my writing style to match certain publishers. Every single time, I end up in the scenario above. It just doesn’t work. I wish it did. I’m a professional writer. I have a background in journalism. I should be able to write whatever I need to. And yes, technically, I can write a grammatically correct piece of work in any format, but it won’t be good. In the world of fiction, I have to love what I’m writing. Have you found this to be true in your experience as well?

I’ve found that I have to write the story that needs to come out. You’ll know the one I mean. It will be the idea that comes out of nowhere and will not go away. You’ll start thinking about it as soon as you wake up. You’ll create the characters in the shower. It will cause distractions all during your day. Then, you won’t even be able to get a good night’s sleep because you’ll still be thinking about that story.

Yes, that’s the one you need to write! Worry about the rest later. That story isn’t the genre you usually write? So, maybe it’s time to make a change. Find a publisher to fit the story you need to write. That’s the way it should work.

If you’re just starting out writing and you need to know where to begin, the answer is simple. You start by writing. Write the story that won’t go away unless you get it on paper. The words will flow when you’re ready. The reader will love the story you loved writing.

Published in: on April 14, 2015 at 9:08 am  Leave a Comment  
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