January 3, 2012
Are You a Lazy Writer?
Okay, I know you're now on a diet and exercising to shed those holiday pounds. So what about your mind? Have you exercised your mind lately? Have you stretched yourself as a writer or have you gotten lazy.
Recently, I received a rejection letter that not only said I was using the "same old" plot devices, but that my writing was repetitive. Hmmm...that was a new one. Yes, I admit I used the "same old" plot devices, mistaken identity, etc...but this publishing house is known for wanting the same ole same ole. I tried to write something they would want...I should have put a Cowboy instead of a doctor and they probably would have bought it.
But the repetitive part made me think about my writing. I also read a new author and her sentences jumped off the page at me and I immediately knew mine didn't do that. Hmmm...I contemplated, have I become a lazy writer? Am I just putting the words down on the page trying to reach the end?
I work very hard on plot, characterization, but what about sentence structure? Word choice? How much time is spent on making sure I get just the right nuance on the page?
So this year my focus is going to be on not being a lazy writer. I want to stretch that part of the brain that helps create sentences. I'm going to be looking for ways to learn how to think outside the box and become creative with not only my characters but also my sentence and word choice. My other goal is not to write to the market. I give up. I obviously don't know what they want anymore and I'm going to write what I love. Screw the market.
What will happen to this book that has now been rejected very thoroughly by the one house who would buy this story? Am I going to let it languish in the closet never to be seen again? Nope. In my opinion it's not a bad story and I'm tired of letting my hard work sit after being rejected. So coming very soon to Amazon you will find PAST MISTAKES. A story of mistaken identity and lost love. Maybe New York doesn't want it, but hopefully it will bring joy to e book readers. And yes, I am going through it one more time to look for the repetitive and make sure it doesn't have the appearance of a lazy writer.
Tell me, how much time do you spend when you write thinking about word choice, sentence structure and having those words jump off the page? Do you recognize good sentence structure in other writers, but not in yourself? Are you writing for the market? Stop that!