I had a bit of a cha-ching moment yesterday. I was reading my Romance Writers Report the RWA's monthly mag (which is always unwrapped and makes me wonder if someone in the post office is an aspiring author) and I read an article called, "Taking the Mystery out of writing the modern mystery," by Lori and Tony Karayianni (Tori Carrington).
It is a really good article, but this statement totally resonated with me.
A Raymond Chandler quote.
"Everything a writer learns about the art or craft of fiction takes just a little away from his need or desire to write at all. In the end, he knows all the tricks and has nothing to say."
Tori goes on to say, "If something we've said resonates with you, trust that it will remain, becoming the kind, encouraging voice in the back of your head. But if our opinions should morph to form Poe's raven perched on your shoulder squawking "nevermore," well, you've missed the point and we recommend you turn to osmosis and your natural instincts as a way of learning how to write in a genre you wish to target."
Duh!! Lightbulb moment. The slight block I've been feeling isn't because I've plotted everything out and don't want to write, it's because I'm trying to remember too many rules. As soon as I read this, I relaxed and the problem with the scene I was writing vanished. Duh!
Sometimes I am so thick!!!