On Writing

Here are a few lessons Jana has learned about the writing process. There will no doubt be more as time goes on.

There will always be more lessons.

“If there is one thing I’ve discovered — it is that, as a writer, I will never stop learning.”

There is no “right way” to write. Each writer has to find his/her own way.

“There are as many ways to write as there are writers. It took me a couple of years to realize that I write best in large, dedicated writing sessions — as opposed to writing a set number of words a day. Now that I know this, I’ve learned to go through my calendar and book dedicated writing weekends — what a difference it has made in terms of productivity. Find what works best for you. ”

Writing means putting words on a page.

“Thinking up stories isn’t enough. You have to actually write them down.”

When in doubt, throw someone off a cliff.*

“If you don’t know where a story is going, throw someone off a cliff. It doesn’t have to be a real cliff — but it helps.”

 

* A fictional character, that is.