Any writer with internet access, or a library card, knows that there is a wealth of advice out there. Hundreds of people, experts or not, have something to say on the topic of writing. It’s easy to become obsessed with ‘doing it right’.
Writing the first draft can go one of two ways: you either spend very little time worrying about quality and focus on finishing, or you fixate on the million and one things you should apparently be doing in order to be a ‘great writer’. Some of us are fortunate enough to have found a way to do things that works for them.
But I want to strip it all back to basics. Because, in the end, the real judges are our readers. They are the ones that decide whether you are worthy of 5-stars. So shouldn’t we be focussing on giving them what they want?