The Motive Center
Many Styles, One Result|
I'm not a writer, but an artist of sorts, and it seems to me that it's really the creative process as a whole more than it is just writing that is covered by the "whatever works works" maxim. There's really no wrong way to make art, something which teachers will argue at you all day long if you let them. I've had teachers tell me never to use straight black as it doesnt' occur in nature, or never to use a color straight out of a tube; always mix it with something. While it's useful to hear what pros do to get themselves started, you are all right when you say that there's no one way to create. Loupnoir is dead on when recounting those audience reactions; "what's the SECRET of creating?" Eh, whatever makes you happy, be it visual art, writing, singing. Name a few famous creators and likely as not, they'll have utterly different approaches to their art. I think it's still worth hearing how others approach their work in, for no other reason, that it gives one a different avenue if the ones known aren't working.
And Toni, you're the first writer I've heard peshaw the "writing every day" thing. Your work speaks for itself. Good for you!!