For the past several years I’ve made writing goals, which have led to varying degrees of success, but most of all have given me something to work towards. You can read my 2015 goals here, and my 2016 goals here.
For many writers, it seems they’ve always been interested in writing, generally since their earliest years. Many writers are also voracious readers too; and this is often the spark for our interest in writing. The desire to create something as good as the writing we consume by others is powerful.
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.