From special guest author, Lynette Ferreira!
The story idea in 2008 was different though, the story just kept coming and coming until I basically lived in Elizabeth’s world. I thought like her, I imagined being her, I loved Jared and Joshua both in different ways. When I finished writing My Recycled Soul, I wrote SPAM, When We Love, ForNever (One) and the first chapters of many of my unpublished stories. I enjoyed this process of immersing myself into the lives of the characters in my stories.
I wanted to add a qualification in creative writing to my author bio so I went on a writing course. There I was told, to write a good story I had to worry about the writing and the prose. I had to learn how to plot.
After going on the course, I don’t get lost in my stories any more. I write according to a formula and I do think that sometimes I write a story just for the sake of writing a story. Does this mean my readers will only read it for the sake of reading a story – the same old story told a million times over just with different names and settings?
Next time you see some fancy qualification in an author bio, your first thought should be (as mine should have been): So what? Can you write a story, never told before?
In hindsight, going on a creative writing course was the worst thing I had ever done, and if I could rewind the clock I would.