Everyone has their own unique way of telling a story. How you tell it speaks a lot about who you are. I had a difficult time trying to figure out my own way. I had grown up reading Sidney Sheldon and his work was so completely engrossing, I’d be inspired by every page I read. His pattern was unique and his work was beautifully crafted. Everything he wrote was different. He was extremely gifted and I wanted to be just like him.
Trying to figure out my own pattern proved challenging because I wanted to tell a story in the same intriguing manner. I’d write and write and write again but every pattern I utilized was not satisfying.
I realized, later on, I was trying to be like other writers instead of being myself. So I stopped trying so hard and decided to write for myself until I was comfortable enough to let someone else read my work. It wasn’t easy letting go, letting someone else see such a deep part of myself. But I did it and once I did, the rest was easy. I had the stories, telling them was the challenging part.