5 Lessons I Learned as a Writer

Excellent post!

R.L. Martinez

1.Characters are actual people. So, I had never noticed before a couple of years ago, but the characters that writers create are REAL people. They have wants and dreams, demands and needs. When I write the first draft of a story, the process resembles going for a long car ride. Someone else is in the driver’s seat and I have no idea where the hell we’re going. Sometimes I have tried to impose a direction on my characters, or I resist writing in a direction they WANT to go. Let me tell you, it never ends well.

2.Writing works best with a clear mind.Despite popular theories that mental illness or drug/alcohol abuse are accelerators to the creative process, I have found the opposite to be true. I struggle with depression and when I slip into one of my “valleys” I don’t want to write, I don’t want…

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