Us writers have a fault: We are extremely opinionated. When it comes to story making this can be a good thing as we can inflict our ideas upon our characters. However, in the real world we tend to forget that we all have our own reasons for doing things, our own motives, and our own ideals.
For instance, I write for the pleasure of it. I am self-publishing because I don't care about money and would prefer to have more control over the finished product. Others wish to make a career from their writing and want to publish traditionally. Some people wish to self-publish but still wish to make money and hence think about things differently again. There are many ways of going about publishing (or not publishing if you prefer) and a multitude of reasons for choosing a certain path.
On social media, discussions, and online forums I repeatedly see the same arguments between writers. Pay for an editor, don't bother, get a professional cover designer, do it yourself, use a template, write what you know, don't write what you know… blah blah blah. At the end of the day all of these are merely opinions. Almost every post in this blog is an opinion. It is up to you as the reader to filter through all of this and then make your own opinions.
When a writer asks a question on a forum they will get a heap of replies from other authors either trying to inflict their methods upon the asker, or are trying to explain their method in order to inform. There is a fine line between the two. My message to authors on these forums is try not to force your beliefs down the asker's throat. Do not criticize their method unless they ask for that specifically. Always try to understand that the asker's goal in writing may not be the same as yours.
Share your opinions freely with peace and love.
Scarlett Van Dijk
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A Writer's Tale
Scarlett Van Dijk
Writer of young adult, fantasy series, the Sky Stone series, poetry and short stories.
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