Monday, March 14, 2011
How Have You Evolved as a Writer?
Over Christmas, I gave my husband a bound copy of my first novel, Positive Tension. He found some issues with the book as any good editor would, but he generally liked it. A few weeks ago I handed over the second draft of my third novel, which I guess is technically my second since I finished it before my second, but I digress. He was about thirty pages into the book when I asked if he could tell a difference in the quality of writing. He told me while he enjoyed Positive Tension, he could see my growth as a writer while reading The Never-Ending Bookshop. I couldn't help but beam, because honestly, as writers, isn't this what we hope for?
I've learned a lot in the last year. I no longer consider myself a 'pantser', and have a loose outline before I start a book. I also learned that it's best to start a world building bible before I begin writing instead of establishing it as I go along. I really should have figured that one out sooner, but sometimes I'm slow on the uptake, what can I say.
Most importantly, I've learned that there's more than one genre inside of me. I started off writing a post-apocalyptic novel, moved on to a novel about ghosts, and my third novel is about witches and all manners of supernatural creatures. My fourth novel is a contemporary YA, which is a genre I never thought I'd write, but the story wouldn't go away, so I guess it's time to branch out. I've also written two short stories that are adult romances.
How have you grown as a writer since you began?