Guess what? Yes. It’s that time again. Time for another edition of Writing Quotes, wherein I scour the internet and bring back, for your enjoyment, various quotes about writing and writers for your enjoyment.
There are so many different kinds of writing and so many ways to work that the only rule is this: do what works. Almost everything has been tried and found to succeed for somebody. The methods, even the ideas of successful writers contradict each other in a most heartening way, and the only element I find common to all successful writers is persistence-an overwhelming determination to succeed.
Now, I am a fantasy and science fiction writer, first and foremost (or rather, I would be if I had written anything that had been published), and I do not think that Sophy, here, is. (If you like more contemporary stuff, check out her site; she might write something you’d like.) Anyway, that gets to the heart of her quote. Just as each of us, as human beings, has our own unique way of things, so too are writers. (Writers are, after all, human beings. Except the ones that are super-advanced AI bots from the future, but I suspect there are relatively few of those who are able to make a living writing.)
Ultimately, as other quotes I’ve shared have hinted, what defines a writer – or anyone who’s successful, for that matter – is perseverance and determination. A persistent drive to do what it is we love, even in the face of our own weaknesses, forces us to overcome the obstacles and build strengths that ultimately allow us to triumph. It is the striving that defines us, and makes us human, the reaching out for something better.
So if what I write today does not please my audience, then I start over, I rewrite it, I learn from the experience, and I make it better. How I do that is what makes my authorial style and voice unique; that I do it is what will help me succeed.