Pushing the Limits, Understanding Your Writing Style, and Learning to Adapt
“I got comfortable with my writing, I began to understand what it meant to cultivate my writing style, and then I lost it. I was finding it increasingly difficult to continue working on my projects, as well as staying motivated to do so, and that’s when I had to take a step back and do what I’ve always left until the last possible moment: assessing my work. Instead of spending my time trying to criticize my work and the level of productivity I’d been experiencing (or lack thereof), I was trying to see what it was that wasn’t working for me, what it was that was causing me to lose it interest. I’ve always been one to make the most of trying to do something new and innovative with my writing, so that I can continuously break out of my shell and put forth content that I can be proud of. What I’ve noticed is that trying to enact too much change at one time is going to do more harm than good, for I’ve noticed that when I do that, it just doesn’t feel like me anymore. I’ve been implementing smaller changes in my work, those I know can benefit the overall project, so that I can do what’s best for the story. Sometimes, pushing the limits is necessary, but I know that a majority of my best work comes from the times I don’t push too hard. Let it go, learn to adapt to the stylistic changes you may be experiencing, and just write. It’s the progress that counts, for we both know there is no such thing as perfection.“
It all starts with an idea. These ideas sometimes present themselves at the times you least expect them to, and I’ve been trying to give into those ideas as early as possible so that they remain fresh in the writing process. I do know that this cannot always be the case, for an idea can hit us at times where there is simply no time to put it into practice, but I don’t sit on the idea for too long. Lately, I’ve been taking advantage of the inspiration that has been coming my way, and now that I’ve got just a bit more free time, I’ve been writing. The early I implement a plausible idea into my current project, the more authentic and fulfilling it feels, and that in itself brings me joy. I’ve been having fun with it, not taking it too seriously as I try to get the first draft finished. One thing I’ve noticed as I’ve been making the effort to get more done, is that I’ve implemented quite a few stylistic changes that I never quite used before. I do know that I spoke about using them in the past, such as switching from a first-person perspective to a third-person perspective, but it was always something I had tried to do, not something that came naturally.
They say practice makes perfect, and that staying involved with your craft will lead to fulfillment. Creating a world that mimics our own, one in which my characters can explore their true natures, and allowing for there to be no imposing limitations on all the possibilities that may arise for them. Writing a novel is no easy task, and it can be quite difficult to see it through, but the commitment is what makes the difference. If you’re not making the progress you need to be, then something has to change if you plan on seeing that novel straight to the end. Take some time to assess your writing strengths and assess your weaknesses, do a bit of free writing, and don’t be afraid to change the things that are making progressing feel impossible. If it’s bothering you enough that you can’t continue, change it up, pursue a different route. The options are endless, you just need to keep an open mind (as do I).