Help! The more I learn about writing, the less I know. I’ve hit a brick wall.

I think this is a common problem, especially with the inexhaustible availability of information on the Internet. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of online classes, authors’ websites, blogs, how-to articles and Yahoo Groups proliferate the Internet—everyone of them talking, teaching, and voicing opinions about the craft of writing. All sorts of rules abound: do this, don’t do that; the hero and heroine must meet on the first page, start a story with action, start a story in the hero’s ordinary world, don’t use flashbacks, don’t use prologues, etc. Many of the rules contradict each other, causing more confusion.

For five years, that was my very own personal problem. Before I “knew” anything, writing was a joy. Every morning, I couldn’t wait to get on the computer to write. I wrote everyday and watched the pages of each manuscript grow until I would come to the end and then start the process all over. Ah, ignorance was bliss.

Then I started attending conferences, workshops, and online seminars; I joined Yahoo Groups and forums; I read countless articles on authors’ websites and books on craft. My brain was in hyper drive, my creativity in dry dock, and my confidence shattered. The more I was learning, the less I seemed to know. This doesn’t mean writers should not hone their craft. Knowledge is power, but don’t let it stop you in your tracks and keep you from writing. The best way to learn the craft of writing is to write.

So there I was— frozen into immobility. What could I do? I had to write; I couldn’t quit. I was miserable not writing. Every once in a while, I would start a project, but stop way before it was finished. I was letting every little thing keep me from writing. Oh yes, I was miserable.

Then something inside of me dramatically changed… or rebelled. I decided to allow my subconscious writer’s brain to have at it. For five years, I’d been inputting data. It was time to “forget” all the rules and write the kinds of stories I like to read, and write them how I want to write them. I put my faith in my subconscious brain to access the required data as needed, and let it flow through my fingertips to the keyboard and onto the page. Writing is magical and mystical anyway. Why not allow it free rein? So far, it’s been working for me. I don’t want to jinx myself, but I have rediscovered the joy. Once again, I look forward to sitting at the computer and immersing myself into the story I’m writing. Why don’t you give it a try? What can you lose?

About AnneMarie

I enjoy writing old-fashioned romance with a whole lot of sizzle ~~~ Favorite Books: All of Georgette Heyer's wonderful Regency Romances; Gone With the Wind; The Little House Books; Harry Potter; Anne of Green Gables; This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips ~~~ Favorite Movies: Return to Me; An Affair to Remember; Sebrina (newer version); Sarah Plain and Tall; Roman Holiday; Pretty Woman ~~~ Favorite Music: Moody Blues, Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Jim Croce, Elton John, Seals & Crofts, Chicago, John Denver ~~~ Favorite Quotation: "Love Conquers All" ~~~~ AnneMarie Trivia: I love hummingbirds :) ~~~~ ABOUT MY LONE STAR ROMANCES: When people think of Texas, they usually think about cowboys, ranches and horses. But Texas is more than that. It’s not just a place; it’s an attitude, a state of mind. Everything is bigger and better in Texas, or so it seems to those of us living here. My favorite kind of hero is tall, dark and Texan. Whether a rugged sexy cowboy or a single-dad teaching at the local high school, these heroes are strong men waiting for strong women to call their own—no matter how hard they fight it, no matter how loudly they deny it. I hope you enjoy reading about my Lone Star Heroes and the women they fall in love with. There are those who say life’s too short not to live it as a Texan. I say LIFE'S TOO SHORT NOT TO LOVE A TEXAN!!! Happy Reading!!!
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