The continuing downpour over Victoria and the very west of Canada the last few days, which has made the street out front look like a mini river at times, and me extra thankful that the roof is doing its job, somehow has to segue to talking about writing. As abundant as the rains are, and near torrential (okay, maybe not quite, but let’s be dramatic, shall we?) as they have been, should be akin to what every writer should be, and that is –prolific.
Write A LOT. Write every day. Yes, yes, yes, I can practically hear you saying this is not news. You’re right. It’s not, but are you writing a lot? What is a lot to you? Is it frequency? Or is it the number of words you pour out onto the page every day? You really have jump in when it comes to writing. Might we say, get all wet. I don’t think there’s a pun here I can include about swimming…but do you get my drift? *even I am rolling my eyes here
Puns aside, what A LOT means to you might mean something completely different to another writer. It might mean being able to sneak off in a quiet corner with your favourite bevvy, and starting with a good title. Oh, I love doing that –a whole story just based on a cool sounding title that was part of a random conversational phrase that, even since, still seems a saleable genius of sorts. Yes, you do that, too.
The point about being prolific is not only having the goal of selling books, even though there are some who write for the mere pleasure of it with no intent to make money –and bless those creative souls!, but for the one reason being torrential with writing is a good thing. It makes your writing stronger. Better. Sharper. Your style shines though and you get comfortable with what your style even is. That’s the flagging downside for new writers, not having a good grip on personal writing style. It does surface *enough with the water references, Rach!! *I’m grinning after having written oceans and oceans of words. *again, okay, you can grin this time, or roll your eyes, your choice The writer of torrents of words becomes her own best sifter. She can identify the sections and pages of the work that are ‘drowning’, but after some practice, and this will very likely takes years, that part will be less and less.
In the meantime, being torrential with words is the way to sail into your writing.