For me, writing has always come easily for me. I can sit down and typically hammer out anywhere from 3500 to 8000 words in a single day. The most I have done is almost 14,000. Even when I’m struggling with the plot, I can still hammer out the words and work myself out of the issue I’m having. For me, it happens like that. The words just flow. Sometimes not well, but that’s what rewriting and editing is for. The first draft is to get the story out of my head and onto what used to be paper, but is now a computer screen. There are times I miss hand writing my stories, but my wrist and hand don’t miss it one bit.
For my husband, he has brilliant story ideas but often stares at a blank screen trying to form what he wants to say. For him, it’s a struggle to get 500 words a day. That’s most days. And then, there are days where he can get over 3000. There are days where we stay up way past our bedtime because he finally found those elusive words and I don’t want to be the one to call it quits for him. I know what it’s like to want to just keep writing and writing. For him, it happens like that.
My point of this is that each writer is different, even those who write together. Each writer has their own process. Their own method. Their own way of doing things. Yes, we often compare ourselves to other writers but that’s to learn from them, to learn to do things our own way. It does a writer no good to mimic another. We can learn from other writers of how to do something that we, ourselves, struggle with but we all must find our own way of doing things that works for us. Otherwise, and this is from experience, writing is no longer a joy but a chore.
The two things we have taken away from writing and being self-published authors is:
1.) You have to write for yourself and in your own way. You can’t constantly compare yourself to other writers who seemingly can write a book in a month or less (that’s me) and you struggle to get one a year (that’s my husband). Your story is different from theirs. Your method is different, too. Writing is unique, even if the story is similar to another story out there. And trust me, there are millions of stories out there. There are going to be similarities, no matter how hard you try. You just have to learn to live with it.
2.) As a writer, you never stop learning. You never stop learning how to improve your craft whether it’s from writing or reading. You learn what works and what doesn’t work. What areas of writing you need to work on. Character dialogue. Scene building. Making each character different from the others. Plot. Ending a story. The list goes on and on. Writing is something that is always going to improve, which is why it’s important not to give up. Even should we continue writing until we’re ninety years old, we’re still going to have something new to learn. Writing is a learning process that never stops.
It happens like that.