However some writers have a much more devoted approach to what I like to think of as a craft rather than an art. While you do need to have a flair for stories, you can work hard at your writing skills to produce something more perfectly beautiful than the first rough draft which drops from your pen.
(Not that I mind a bit of rough!)
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In the end it wasn't quite such a shortcut as I'd hoped. I had to do a lot of work to make sure the stories were consistent and people who came from the same region as other people used the same accent (I made a real blooper with the invented regional accent thing! but I don't think anyone-else has noticed - yet). I kept my fantasy world because in the tradition of utopia writers, it allowed me to present a world with a different ethos. For example, I wanted race and sexuality to be irrelevant in the society I was writing about. I wanted to offer a vision of a world where it might not matter what colour your skin is or whether you like to pinch men's or women's buttocks surreptitiously. But I never had to work as hard as writers of proper historical romances.
Writing is just fun, when the story is spilling out of your pen on the page and the characters are shoving at your hand to get themselves out in the world, it's exhilarating. However then comes the hard labour of editing. The long hours reading and re-reading to make sure the plot is flowing smoothly. Is this sudden rough cut from a reflective piece of writing into action a mechanism that jolts the reader in the same way as it does the character who was startled? Or is it just irritating and distracting for the reader? Should this scene be cut down or cut out? Or expanded? The impatience! For the Goddess's sake! (that would be Erin, the Goddess of the hard work of writing), can't I just post it up online already?
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I also think this makes Erin's blog much more exciting and interesting than those ones called DivineGoddessoftheSexyMultiverse.blog. These tend to be a long list of the person's books with as sexy an extract as they can find (which still has a couple of typos in it) and the link to the book on Amazon Kindle.
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I also find that secondary characters tend to ambush bits of the story and insist on having part of their lives written in. This is a major distraction from the main action so I started stripping them out and writing them their own novellas. As these are often detailed accounts of the sex lives of these secondary characters and I'm willing to publish them free because I see them as a by-product of the novels, they've been much more successful than my novels. Curses! foiled again. At least they're taking some of the feminist utopian messages out there in the world with them. So writing: addiction or hard labour? Well, OK, maybe it's more of an addiction. I love writing so much I sometimes even resort to writing blogposts.
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