Wednesday, 2 January 2013
Look, a whole new year to play with. I suppose that brings with it certain inevitabilities, such as making lists of goals/things to do in the new year. I'm told that it can help lend a bit of shape to the writing year and give you a sense of progress, but I'd like to offer a cheery wave to those who don't really do it, because I like to think sometimes people get too caught up in the things you 'have' to do. I also think that sometimes, long lists can create an unnatural pressure on your writing. I've seen people saying that they're going to finish half a dozen novellas, three novels and a dozen short stories this year. Well I hope you do, but I also hope that you take as long as you need on the one in front of you to make it really wonderful to read.
One final thought, about beginnings and endings. It can be tricky, sometimes, picking where to start and end a piece. I sometimes suffer from long-ish starts, but it's another place where the writing advice seems to have morphed into rules about how you have to meet the MC in the first sentence, and you have to get to the inciting event straight off. Can this not be the year where we all decide to ignore the writing rules for a bit in favour of just writing well?