DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU - IT'S THE EPITOME OF YOUR PERFECTION
-Tammy Theriault maker-uper of slogans
I break the rules of writing/being a writer everyday.
I do so many things other writers would cringe about.
Here, let me show you.
(Steps onto box crate with soap in hand):
I don't write daily. I call my book I'm working on a book, not a WIP because I have a dirty mind & manuscripts are for movies. I write when not burnt out from writing/typing at work, so maybe once a week. I can get 2k words in & call it good like I wrote a whole chapter but find it was half a chapter. I don't like word counts, but chapters, & highlight in my book to see what your word count means in chapter terms.
I've opened a book to remember how to do "proper" dialogue punctuations before. I've Googled the difference between CP & beta readers, but call everyone my beta because like the fish, you tear up my stuff either way. I don't read daily or I'll get tired of it. I read stuff no one here does like about mafia gangs, non-fiction, or the idiots guide to the bible, etc. & not what's "in" unless you tell me to personally. Since I love you guys, I read your books first to fully support your passion.
One time, Jay Noel taught me about all your confusing writer terms through messenger. He popped my writer's jargon cherry...sorry Janet. I still think premise & prose mean the same, & voice is their personality.
I feel like a million bucks when asked to beta because you trust me. I'm a mildly gentle beta reader with suggestions, instead of the "where to improve" only comments. I don't do vague. I put down anything I'm working on even when I'm in the best flow just to focus solely on you because of that trust.
I read the beginning of "Save the Cat". 3 chapters later-called it a day. Not for me. I like my style because it suits my needs. I believe self help books for writing create the guidelines to use but not the creativity. Books today need more creativity, and writers need to write how they want sometimes & ignore some rules.
I revise before moving on when drafting almost every time I open my doc up; I literally can not just write to the end and THEN revise. I need to re-read 3/4 of the last chapter to get the juices going and back into the mood. I think my stuff sucks and need reaffirmations by one person willing to be my go-to cheerleader. Usually a personal friend.
Critiques suck...admit it. I want the problem fixed now & won't let my book "simmer" because I have no patience & I'm not cooking. Instead, I'll ask my beta if they'll brainstorm with me, exploring several plot options, and we end up creating something wicked good. It's amazing fun! In fact, every beta person I've done it with really liked the brainstorming technique. No joke. I'll even do it with anyone stuck or just wanting to try it. Hit me up!
i purposely do not comment in caps, because it slows me down, and would text talk if you'd let me, but u guys wld prob hate tht. I wish someone would write a book in text. Not the LOL or LMBO stuff, just regular text and see how quick the read is.
Lastly, I want to spell okay the original way - ok. Because only through my writers friend do I feel "ok" isn't acceptable. Guess what? I read a book and they said OK. So, I'm back to ok and I'm ok about it, ok? without the caps, too.
(Gets off milk crate and looks at soap) I suppose you'd like me to rinse my mouth out with this soap for all the blasphemous things I said, but I won't.
I guess I'm just a "so sue me" kinda writer...
Your turn...what will you admit to that "breaks the sophisticated writer rules"?