I've spent the last week waist deep in other writers blogs, reading about their lives, their techniques and what makes them tick.
There's a lot of information about on how to write a book, how to develop a character, how to create conflict and how to remember ideas.
It's all very useful and interesting to read but I have noticed a good portion of the writers contradict each other into what they find their best technique is to crafting their 'ideal' story.
Is there really a 'right' way of doing things? Is there really 'rules' that should be followed? I don't think so. I think that's what makes writers so special. They march (or write) to the beat of their own drum. They lose themselves inside their head. They have control of their own worlds and that's what makes them so special.
That is one of the biggest joys for readers - to get lost in these worlds that have been created, away from boundaries of right and wrong, away from rules and formalities.
The internet's a marvel though, isn't it? To be able to completely watch the whole process of a writer, start to finish, through the blog posts. To see little glimpses of a world, of a manuscript over a period of time, and to then see the finish product of all that hard work.
It's a valuable tool to be able to talk to people from all walks of life who you otherwise may never have connected with about the things you have in common. To compare notes and talk about various writing techniques and ideas from opposite sides of the globe just blows my mind!
Of course the only negative is being a total and complete computer zombie who spends her whole life wide-eyed staring at the screen....
Regardless, you can learn a lot by wading through people's blogs in whatever industry you belong to.
I love it!