Friday, October 17, 2008

Here's a very useful article for writers.I am putting it here with permission.

What Writing Is Not
by Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ (

Writing isn't a "one size fits all" shirt.

What works for me won't necessarily work for you. Your writing schedule may not be another writer's ideal schedule.

You're productive early mornings; I, late nights. You can write in spurts, can do the chores in between, and still turn in a clean copy and beat your editor's deadline by several hours. I, on the other hand, work best when I write for long hours and don't take breaks. Your way isn't better than mine, and vice versa. At the end of the day, we both come out with something we are proud of.

Some writers write more and finish more quickly if they follow an outline. Others feel stifled and write without one, happy to let their characters reveal the story in the process. Neither approach is wrong.

Maintaining a daily writing habit has worked wonders for me, but writing every day might not be for you.

Some writers are the pen-and-paper type while others can write straight from the computer.

And as one writer writes her masterpiece in solitude, lulled by four walls of silence, another shapes hers in a cafe, among crowds, or right in the center of the city's gut. Both equally feel a sense of belonging.

We each have a unique style; a personal writing rhythm; a customized formula.

Writing isn't a "one size fits all" shirt. Find your own size, the one you're most comfortable in. Whatever your size is...that's the right size. It's the right way of writing -- because it's your way.

You wear it well when you simply write with all your heart.

Copyright 2004 Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ

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