Lazette Gifford
Publisher & Editor
zette@cableone.net

 

Editor's Note: Are We Having Fun?

By Lazette Gifford
2006,
Lazette Gifford


Welcome to the half way point of the year.  Are we having fun yet?

I believe that writers should have fun -- especially new writers, just finding their voice and experimenting with their plots.  Don't worry about if it's perfect, if it's been done before, or if you can sell the story.  Learn how to write before you move on to the worries that come with trying to publish.

If you concentrate too much on how someone else says to write, you are short-changing yourself.  Learn the basics and read new ideas, but don't be afraid to try different approaches.  Find what works for you.  I've written two books on writing (Without a Fear of Words, and The Two-Year Novel Course, Part 1), publish this ezine, and run a site for writers -- and I can tell you that finding your own way, rather than trying to follow the exact footsteps of someone else will not help you reach your goals.  You can, and should, learn from others -- but in the end, you have to find what works for you.

You cannot expect to be perfect on the first try -- but if you don't make that first try, you won't get anywhere.  Some people will sell their first-ever written book.  Many won't.  Don't let that discourage you. 

As long as you're having fun, what does it matter?