New writers often wonder if they’re doing things right. Should they write in longhand or type straight to screen? Should they revise as they go, or just get their first draft down? Should they make it up as they go along, or plan everything out before they write a single word?
Where writing is concerned, it seems that Tess Gerritsen agrees with me (not that she realises, but hey…). She wrote,
Experienced writers will find my advice a no-brainer because they’ve already figured out what works best for them, and they’ve learned to accept what may seem to others to be a uniquely quirky process. But for beginning writers, the writing itself may fill them with anxiety because they’ve heard there’s a “right” way to do it, and they think that success is all about the process. It isn’t. Success is all about creating a great story with unforgettable characters, and whatever way you do it is the right way.
You can read the rest of her post here. Now go and write something, and try not to worry too much about the rules.