I spend an inordinate amount of time daydreaming. This is on purpose; I set aside a great deal of time for it, and I have found that far from being a useless waste of time, a concerted effort to daydream has produced a bounty of inspiration and creative ideas.
It can be difficult to balance our desire for quality writing, with our desire to put out as many books as possible for our readers.Since I write a series, I definitely feel the pressure to put out a certain number of books a year, and over the last few years I’ve found that pressure to release my writing faster and faster build.
Criticism is part and parcel of releasing any work out into the public. First there comes criticism from an editor, from beta readers, and others, but always in service of making the writing better. Once the story is released into the public however, criticism often becomes less about truly offering advice that will help to improve the story, and more about how a reader interacts with the story on a personal level.
Both ‘authenticity’, and ‘originality’ have become buzzwords of late, particularly in relation to online content, and social media. I have thought a lot of about both of these words, since as an author, they’re both fairly important to my work.
It is quite true that writers use their imagination to create worlds, and characters, and events that never existed. But I think it is also true that many writers put their own personal narrative into their work. How could we not, since our personal narratives, the experiences we’ve had shape our perception of the world, and the people around us. Whether consciously or not, writers include themselves in their writing, and this personality, is what makes good writing truly resonate with readers.