Friday, 22 June 2012

Friday's Writing Objectives.

Firstly, will write another 500 words minimum today. Actually, it's not too bad - I'm managing to exceed this daily quota so far. Some writers say you just have to knuckle down and get on with it as there's no such thing as writers block. Well, I tried writing myself out of it when I 'hit the wall' and it seems to have worked for me.

Now, secondly, and I've been meaning to get this for some time now but I'm rather sceptical of self help books and the old 'how to' kind. However, more than one person has seriously recommended I read Stephen King's ' On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.'

Well, it may be helpful and I'm willing to have a read through, but the most important thing a wannabe writer can do is to read -widely and often. This I do and I can definitely testify that it's the best tip in the world and the best way to learn the craft. I've found that I no longer read 'stories.' My reading has transformed me into a critic and an analyst and it's rather good to be these things because you dissect the writing and you learn as you read. Alas the proof is in the pudding as they say and I'm still a long way off yet. I'm only up to 7500 words, perhaps that's about one tenth of the way. Nine tenths to go.