It’s Monday. Let’s start the week off with some good writing advice. Hopefully, this will motivate us to keep writing for the entire week ahead.
Keep reading to see today’s writing prompt and my completed version of it.
Today’s Writing Prompt: Dear novice writer
Today, write a fictional scene in which one experienced writer is giving writing advice to a novice writer. What type of writing advice would they give? If you’re a more experienced writer, consider what type of writing advice you would have wanted to receive early on in your writing career. If you’re a novice, consider what type of writing advice you’d like to hear from a more experienced writer today.
Also, consider how you want the more experienced writer to share their writing advice with the novice. Should they share the advice verbally, through written materials, or in some other way?
Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt
To my former writing apprentice, by K.E. Creighton
To my former writing apprentice:
First, I must confess that when you started working for me, I believed your eagerness to write outweighed your curiosity in figuring out how to write, in your own way with your own voice in your own time. And that concerned me greatly. Because all writing worth doing requires that one’s curiosity be greater than one’s drive to do it, write.
Curiosity and writing are always in a feedback loop with each other, you see.
All writing worth doing only requires one thing, really: patience driven by genuine curiosity. There are so many things to be curious about in this world— so many people, places, and things. And everyone’s questions about them should and do naturally vary, so there will never be a shortage of diverse voices and perspectives and takes on all the many people, places, and things to write about.
To stay curious and patient about people, places, and things, in order to write about them, you must keep reading. And as you read, stay curious and continually ask questions. Those questions are central to your voice as a writer and will always lead you to what you should write next.
That’s it. That’s the only real writing advice I can impart to you. Stay patient and curious, and read at least as much as you write to stay curious and patient. Then you will develop your own voice and never run out of things to write about that are worth writing about.
It may seem counter-intuitive to you at first, that I am ending our mentor-mentee relationship at the precise moment you have more questions than answers. However, that’s precisely the time when you should and will start writing the most. Because anything worth writing will always be centered around questions that only lead to more questions, not answers. So, keep asking your questions and stay curious, and you will be just fine.
[All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.]
Notes on Completing this Writing Prompt
When I completed this writing prompt I considered the writing advice I always needed and wanted to hear. I truly believe that a writer should always start writing with a vital question in mind or to better understand an emotional state. And that the best writing usually necessitates combining those two elements with great discretion and diplomacy, regardless of what’s written.