Some advocate writing a plot-driven novel, others go for characterdriven…
The merits of writing in first or third person (a few brave souls go for second) past or present tense… are endlessly debated
Adverbs and adjectives… how many are really, truly, absolutely, totally and entirely too many?
Punctuation (so WHAT if I love the elipses…)
The use of “colorful” language always brings the freedom of speech fans into the fray.
To be PC is always desirable but oh… so tedious!
How can we banish writer’s block?
And ditto with the dreaded passive voice…
What is your POV?
Where should the conflict begin? How much should there be?
What’s the current hot genre? And what to do if you don’t want to write YA pieces about vampires?
Can you benefit from listening to music while writing?
Ah… how we writers love to debate these points (because after all, it gives us an honorable reprieve from the actual act of writing)
But rarely is the most difficult “issue” ever addressed… How do you hang on to your relationships and still keep writing as much as you need to? Like… what’s the appropriate answer when you’re midway though a brilliant turn of phrase and one of the residents of your house (oops…I mean loved ones), plunks down and asks, “Whatcha doin?” or “How much longer will you be?”… “Are we there yet?”
I think it’s paramount to always remember we are writers… yes indeed, but we’re also moms, dads, spouses, friends, colleagues etc. We can’t create an imaginary world at the expense of our real one. Any comments?