So, I am currently attending the “Self-Publishing Success Summit” through Self-Publishing School and hosted by Chandler Bolt. There are something like 40 speakers over ten days and it is all online and completely free, so I thought: what’s there to lose? I like to learn new things. (By the way, there’s still to jump in if you want to…)
Now, we are only on day two, so there is clearly a lot to come. But I thought I’d put some of my thoughts down as I try to process what I’ve seen so far.
First of all, I am very impressed with the down-to-earth, genuineness, and integrity of the speakers. I honestly didn’t know much about any of them before the summit began, but I have very much enjoyed hearing what they have to say.
Second, I am realizing that this summit is mostly geared toward non-fiction writers. Granted, they did vaguely imply that once or twice at the beginning. I think there is only one person specifically addressing fiction writing. I thought, “It doesn’t matter. Writing is writing.” Well, yes and no. I have picked up a lot of good advice so far, but at the same time I couldn’t help contrasting my writing process with theirs…which leads me to…
Thirdly, I am ridiculously intimidated by these guys. The speakers I have heard so far crank out huge chunks of writing in short amounts of time. They talk about productivity and focus and getting through that first draft as fast as you can and I’m like…whaaat? Granted, I’ve always known I’m a bit of a turtle, but these guys make me sound like a sloth. I am an advocate of what I call the “soup method.” I like to let my characters and plots simmer until the full flavor comes out. But when I think about it, I write non-fiction very differently. I do think if I were ever to write a non-fiction book I would plough through it much faster. I like my “soup method” and I don’t think it makes me a bad writer.
But it is worth examining my writing style and habits…there is always room for growth.