Talli had an interesting post the other day, entitled 'Why I Don't Write About Writing.' It's a great post, and worth a look. Not every writer wants to discuss their own writing techniques and Talli provides an interesting perspective on this.
I'm somewhere in the middle. I like posting about writing, but my own method (if you'll pardon the overstatement) is still very hit-and-miss. I'm currently on Draft Two of Becky and the need for Draft Three has just hit me in the face. I'm trying to decide whether to finish Draft Two (I'm weak at writing endings so could use the practice), or just start Draft Three (some of the changes I'm planning will make writing the ending far easier). I'll let you know what I decide, but I don't think I'll be able to argue conclusively that whatever draft I choose to work on is the 'best method', even for myself. I'm still learning what works for me, so I don't feel I can even speak with authority about my own methods. My methods are changing constantly as I learn more.
With all of this in mind, I was delighted to be sent a link to a list of 50 Books That Will Make You A Better Writer. I'm betting none of them directly handle my Draft Two problem, but I love reading books about writing. Some of them have advice I take on board, some don't. But the message I take away from them is almost exactly the one Talli discusses in her blog - everyone is different.
I'm halfway between a plotter and a pantser (I just would be, wouldn't I?). I tend to have a vague idea of an overarching plot, but as the characters reveal themselves, I deviate. Sometimes a lot. I'm a writer who needs to tell herself the story in order to get it moving and enjoy it. When I was writing my novel about Rosie, I had meticulously plotted it (I had to, I had two intersecting timelines and I was trying to span over 90 years). And once I knew exactly what was going to happen, it was tough to make myself sit at my desk. The fun and the discovery was gone.
And it's nice to know that some other writers feel the same, that no method dooms one to failure.
Do you like writing about writing, or reading about writing? Any favourite methods? What books on writing do you recommend?