Writing the impossible.
When I brought up these possibilities to this little girl, her mind opened up and her imagination was set free. Yes, the tree could have seen love, death and murder. Or it could have been an amazing place to tell the story of the tree’s inhabitants.
Suddenly the stories came pouring out of the children because they were led on and sparked by a few ideas. This brings me to writing the impossible. Any crazy idea, once thought through can be a fun ride. Killer sofas, killer cars and pumpkins sound totally off the wall, yet they have been made, created and shot. So why not your idea?
You have nothing to lose. Once you start something, finish it. Do not stop halfway. See it through so you can learn and see where you made your mistakes. Write a short story. Then go back and make it tighter, make it more exciting, mysterious or funny. If you don’t feel it can go the distance, find out why. Are you missing the backstory? Or you are stuck because you have no ending or middle to your story?
Go step by step, take your time, there is no rush. Did you describe every scene in detail or skim over the make and model of the car your villain drives? Or the brand of dresses your favourite girly character would literally kill for? Maybe one them has a hobby of collecting stamps. Don’t forget, you could leave DNA clues if the characters were to lick a few. So you see there are no bad stories. Only poorly planned ones.
You are the God of your story; you are the creator and you are the writer. Set your mind free. Go farming, have fun and don’t forget that in order to be called a writer, you need to do only one thing. Write…
If you are starting out, write short poems. Find out how you feel and how your writing makes you feel. If you add more and more to your poems, they will become short stories and short stories can become longer and longer until you have a chapter.
The next poem will become the next chapter and so forth. Do not be shy, do not be bashful. Don’t be afraid to join and read comments on Facebook groups and Twitter. Often, you will find good advice amongst the bad. Not everyone is a published writer, just like not every football player plays pro ball. With enough practice, you can or at least be the water boy or water girl.
There is no right or wrong way to write. There are good, better and best practices. But even with that, you can get help. Get a good editor and other professionals involved if you are serious about your craft.
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