Hi Gang. Craig with you again today. I created this post based upon some comments I’ve gotten on my last few posts. Some of you might find it helpful, and that’s almost the point.
The online author community is a wonderful resource. Almost anyone is willing to help a fellow writer for the asking. Many of us post articles about craft, tech, promo, and a million other little things. I know of an author who has been sharing historical skills for a few months. Great stuff for some genres.
I’ve learned a lot from the community, but it can be like drinking from the firehose sometimes. Part of being an author is understanding where you are on the journey. Some posts might be too simplistic, others might be beyond your skills – for now.
We try to cover many things here at Story Empire, and I can look at our stats to see that posts from years ago are still performing well. In that regard, if something didn’t click for you the first time, the content is still available.
While the community is wonderful, writing still remains an individual process. We’re finally at my point. Not everything is going to work for everyone. To get the most out of Story Empire, or any other resource, you have to keep an open mind, but you also have to be willing to steal the cherry off the top. Parts of things will work for you, but many will not.
I’ll use my example of being a story-boarder. I don’t outline, but I’m not exactly a pantser either. I’ve posted about my process here a few times, and most of the comments are something along the line of, “That’s really cool, but…”
You know what? That’s perfectly okay. My process might have helped a couple of authors, others might have stolen some parts, and others discounted it right away.
This is the important lesson today. Anything the community has to share still has to work for you. Your process should modify slowly. Try new things, discard those that aren’t working. When something helps, you might even have to modify it from the original presentation.
Authors get hung up on rules, but what I’m posting about today aren’t rules. These are helpful suggestions. You don’t have to follow them blindly. Your process is your own, and any way you can reach the end is functional.
This applies to anything else we might offer here. We might take a deep dive into characters. I know I have. This does not mean you have to write a “mentor,” for example. It’s merely a suggestion of how to do it if it ever comes up. Even then, you have every right to modify so it works for you.
One of us might post about some cool new research site, or tech of some kind. Try it out, if it works that’s awesome. If it doesn’t, you really haven’t lost much. Eventually, you’ll find bits and pieces weaving themselves into your process. This is how we grow and improve as writers.
Since I mentioned the archives, did you know there is a cool search function on Story Empire? It might be worth trying if something is vexing you in your current project.