Thor's Thoughts: Growth and Craft
As I understand it, I am late in communicating to you this day. However, being a God things like time do not have any pull over me. Therefore it is you who were early, not I who was late.
Today I would like to muse on a subject close to my heart. My alter-ego is currently in a stage of rewrite. This is the second time she has done this for her novels, and the first time it did not work well. This time, however, it seems to be improving the work dramatically.
Why would this be?
Some writers draft quickly, others slowly. The fast-drafters are lucky in that their writing style tends not to change over the course of the project. The slow-drafters sometimes see that by the time they come the *the end* their style has changed so much that they must throw away the first third of the manuscript and rewrite it.
My alter-ego in particular is not a fast writer. This novel was drafted over a period of two months. And during the revision process her craft has grown because of certain books she's read and learned from. It was this that made her choose to re-write one of the characters' points of view.
Now, some authors have the luxury of doing this. Those who are published and have deadlines are not so lucky. Sometimes one draft is going to have to do. But if you are an aspiring writer and find yourself wishing you could have one more go at something, why not give it a try? You'll never know unless you do.
In closing, today, I simply want to encourage all YA writers out there to hone your craft. Read books you love, that pull at your heart, that make you happy. And think about them. Think about what the author is doing, and how they're doing it. Teach yourself to think critically about these things.
Then, when you sit down to write, set it all aside, and let the words flow.
You'll be amazed at what happens when you trust yourself.
Farewell, and good luck.