It’s amusing when someone peruses your writing and starts to analyze it and break it down in a step-by-step process that’s designed to polish it and make it workable from a marketable standpoint and possibly create more buzz by changing things you’ve put your heart and soul into. Don’t get me wrong, edits are needed since they tend to sharpen the story and make it pop a bit more. But editors and agents that want to tear huge chunks out of a story since they can’t seem to comprehend just why it fits is rather annoying. The analyzing portion of writing might be necessary to gain true understanding of how to write, but it also takes away a good deal of the fun as well as the mystery as to how it all goes down.
Plus, it takes away from the writing.
It’s necessary, no doubt about it.
For those that want to write and don’t understand how, analyzing the writing of others and trying to sort through how to tell a story is good practice and allows those that are detail-oriented to sift through the different methods on how to begin. But in the end the only thing that matters is writing the story. If you don’t understand that step then the rest of it doesn’t matter. You can analyze every book in a library but it won’t help you to write if all you do is look at other peoples’ writing. Go ahead and analyze, but put something down so that you have a base to work from.
Seeing the forest for the trees is great, but SEE the forest before getting lost in its minute details.
Some people need it, some don’t.
This isn’t an egotistic stab at those that try to write but have troubles doing it without a guide. It’s a very real occurrence since some people need their outlines, their guidebooks, and a firm understanding of how to form sentences paragraphs, and how to keep dialogue interesting and so on and so forth. If you want the truth, it’s all a matter of practice and how well you learn with each new paragraph that’s put down on the page. You don’t learn to write just by analyzing, you learn by doing. But it’s important to let each person go through their own process.
There isn’t one way that benefits everyone, each person has to travel their own path to reach the same goal.
Just write and see what comes out, then analyze it.
If there is one piece of advice that any writer should be able to give those thinking of getting into this business, aside from the fact that you will be poor to start off with, it’s this:
Just write dammit.