My writing process: what I'm learning
Blog Post by Tania Hershman - Apr.27.2011 - 4:03 am
- I just looked at a story I hadn't looked at for 5 months - the editor of the anthology it was commissioned for made excellent suggestions - and tweaking it was so much easier than when I'd just wrote it. I could see where I'd overwritten, where I had put in "pretty" language just for show and not for the story. I was not attached to it anymore, it wasn't my latest "baby", so I could strip all that away without regret. Let it lie, put it away, for at least a week
- I shouldn't show a first draft to anyone, I need to make sure I am happy with it, I'm not trying to please a group, or even any one other person. Write what I want to write
- I am not going to submit so many stories for publication, will hold stories back for my new collection. Don't worry about being published.
- I wrote a new story yesterday in one sitting, while playing online scrabble, alternating between writing and playing my turn (see recent New Yorker article about possible benefits of distraction). Distraction helps me stay in the zone, don't feel guilty about needing that
- I am reading so much and it all inspires me to try new things, things that may not be what the market "wants", but which I love to write Don't worry about the market
- I am reading Collected Stories by a 90-year-old author and seeing how what she wrote changed over nearly 60 years. Give yourself time and space to evolve
A former science journalist, I am now a full-time fiction writer. Born in London, England, I lived in Jerusalem, Israel, from 1994 - 2009 and now live in Bristol, UK. My second collection, My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions , is published by Tangeng...