“Write drunk, edit sober.” ~ Earnest Hemingway (or so they say)
Run an online search for writing tips and the results are filled with links to articles and blogs telling you “How to be a writer”, “Perfect Writing Process” or “The right way to write”. Which leads to the question, is there really a right process?
“Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down.” ~ John Steinbeck
If you sat down with a group of writers, every writer will tell you that their process isn’t like the writer’s process sitting next to them. This isn’t to say that there aren’t writing fundamentals which are constant throughout each writer’s unique process. However, how each person implements those fundamentals through their own unique process can vary greatly.
This is also true for the writers here at The Voyagers’ Pen.
Katie and I (Emylee) have some similarities in our writing processes, but for the most part our processes and writing styles are deeply rooted in our own personalities. Where one of us is more type A, the other will be less so, and vise versa.
While no one process is “right”, we thought we would outline each of our processes as we have found success in our own ways. In our next two posts, you will hear from each of us on our own process and writing styles.
Ultimately, as a writer you have to find what works for you and not worry about mimicking the styles and processes of other writers. Find your voice, find your style and use your own process to get there.
All in all, just write.
“Keep your heart open, a suitcase packed and wander often, for the world is wide and adventure awaits.” ~ Emylee Gussler