This is #14 of “15 Successful Habits of Professional Authors.”
When you are first learning to write, you should listen to the professionals. Learn from them. Let them teach you. But as you become a professional writer yourself, you will learn what works for you. Maybe you really cannot write with a finished outline. Although it is a great way to write, and you should practice it when you are a new writer – if after trying it again and again, it just doesn’t work, then don’t do it.
There is no “right way” or “wrong way” to create. There is only what works for you and what doesn’t.
Maybe you can’t think in a home office away from all distractions! If you need to take your laptop to a busy cafe and surround yourself with color, light, noise and insanity, then do it. Just because I prefer to write in a quiet, calm environment in my freshly painted home office, doesn’t mean it is the only way.
Some people write with music on. Some prefer silence. Some like to write when they are dressed up like the hero or heroine of their story. Some like to write naked. Some like to write first thing in the morning. Some people can’t open their eyes first thing in the morning, but are quite alert and awake after midnight. Find what works for you, and then stick to it.
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