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No matter what your publishing track may be, there is no best practice in writing fiction. The rules of grammar, punctuation and spelling are the same for the traditionally published author as they are for the indie author. These elements serve as the canvas, brushes and paint of fiction, but even these rules can be manipulated at the hand of a skilled writer. Some novelists write from the beginning to the end without outlines or scene sketches, while others meticulously plot out each element of the story and may even jump around from scene to scene.

“Writing is a muscle, and it gets stronger and faster with use. The more we write, the more we CAN write—and figuring out a process that works is a big part of that,” says novelist Holly Robinson in her January 19, 2014 Huffington Post essay, “Novel Building From the Bones up: Two Pros Contrast Indie vs. Traditional Writing Process.”

Robinson is a traditionally published author who produces one police procedural novel per year. Her good friend and fellow writer, Toby Neal indie publishes several books per year. In her essay, Robinson addresses the notion that indie authors take shortcuts in their fiction that traditionally published authors do not. Intrigued by Neal’s productivity, Robinson drew Neal into a dialogue contrasting each other’s writing process.

In this week’s MediaMonday we’ll discuss Robinson’s essay and the questions it evokes. Join the discussion in #litchat Monday, January 20, 2014, from 4-5 p.m. E.T. Follow #litchat through Twitter, or login to our dedicated channel at