Just read a post by Tony Riches that surprised me a little. On vacation, with no laptop or connectivity to internet, he went back to basics–notebook and pen.
Yes, it surprised me because even thought I enjoy my laptop and do most things on it, including most of my writing and editing, my home is littered with notebook filled with my writing. I’ve never left the basics behind, by not leaving them behind I’ve learned that when I’m writing on my laptop, I never stop to edit, I just write as if I were using pen to paper.
I also read an article by A.D. Trosper who seemed to get lost in the whirlwind of marketing, sales, ratings, whether her readers will like her stories… boy that’s a big burden to carry on ones shoulders. She’s going back to basics, the enjoyment of writing.
When I write, I only worry about one thing, the consistency of my characters and the unfolding story. I enjoy the journey by traveling with my characters. I engross myself totally into the story, it almost feels as if I’m the one living it. You can find Torsper’s article here.
Most of us write because we have a story that needs to be told. We enjoy the process of telling that story. The greatest reward is the completion of the novel, every thing else is simple fluff.