Firstly, I'll write the way that I write, no matter what. If I try to do anything else (and I have, just for the hell of it), it simply doesn't work. Trying to get into a different headspace is not only rather strange, but it also feels dishonest - writing is, after all, a very personal thing. I didn't realise this until I was deep into one of my first pieces of work. Suddenly it dawned on me that I was putting myself down onto the page, that I was - whether through fiction or memoirs - baring part of who I am (notice how I avoided any innuendo there?), ultimately to be judged by people I have never met, and much more frighteningly, by some people whom I know quite well.
That, for me, is part of the excitement about what I'm doing - it's the edge, the risk, the dare of writing. I don't need to be told how to do that in order to fit into somebody else's system of comparison, or to comply with another person's values (it's already difficult enough).
Neither, I suggest, does anybody else. If, by some wildly strange twist of the universal plan, I was ever in a position to offer advice to anybody starting their writing career, it would be something like: It's all yours. Do it your way. Frankly, nothing else I could say would be genuinely relevant.
It was, therefore, with a smile that I read a reply to a comment I had left upon one of these electronic imperative messages. The message was that we (the writing community) 'should' all pledge to write every single day of the month of June. My response was that writing doesn't work that way for me; some days - some glorious days - I will write manically, on others less so, and then again on other days not at all. Forcing the process doesn't work at all, even though some very famous authors have been repeatedly quoted stating the opposite.
It was so nice to read, for a change, that someone else also declines to follow such strident 'advice', and prefers to walk a personal path of creativity by definitely not pledging to write every day. In my world, creativity is not dependent upon instructions or other people's parameters.
Personal, individual and independent creativity - I'll drink to that. Now since I'm a struggling artiste, who's buying?