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Your Final Writing Prompt

Lesson 106 Chapter 7 Module 9

Today’s the day. We knew it would come, but who could anticipate it would have come so quickly?

The last day of the Become a Master Writer course.

Over the past eight weeks, we’ve studied a number of master writers, from a slew of different times, genres, styles, and much more more.

We started out learning about copywork itself, the creative mindset, and what it is like to really understand and love writing as a reader.

Then we moved into the most important fundamental of writing, the arrows in our quivers, words and language.

After that we looked at structure and flow, the different ways that you can write and share your thoughts and ideas, from bullet-points to poetry to one hella-long run-on sentence.

When we began the actual building blocks of narrative and storytelling, it only made sense to start at the very beginning, with premise and concept, to confirm you have a firm grasp on what the core of your piece is about (and your reader can figure it out as well!)

Next was the facilitators of plot and action, your characters and heroes. Also considering other avatars you might want to create in your writing (ideal customer, ideal reader, brand mascot, etc) if you aren’t just writing fiction.

But a character needs a place to live their life, so it’s just as important to carefully consider their setting and surroundings when mapping out what makes them do the things they do. Sometimes, that setting can be such a pivotal point that it becomes its own character in our story.

Tying all that together, we want to finally look at the theme and (life) lessons we are hoping to impart with our writing. Not just what the writing is about on a concept basis, but what we really are trying to “say” with it, and what we want readers to step away with.

Which brings us to today, the final writing prompt of the series, when we are pulling all that together to start realizing our own voice and style, and how we can take what we’ve learned over the past seven weeks to help understand and forge your unique writing identity.

That’s been the point all along, as we learned from all these other writers, and studied what made them masters. To take their teachings and successes, and apply them to our own writing and creating.

Which makes today a bit bittersweet. It seems like it would be all about looking back, but I’m more focused on reviewing our past so we can come at our future from a better place.

This is a time for starting to figure out “what’s next” for your writing pursuits. Not just in terms of tasks and goals, but what do you want to say to the world.

And after today, how do you want to say it?

I’ll stop by your inboxes a few times over the next month or so to check in and see how things are going. If there’s anything we can do to help you stay on track and keep this routine and practice a regular part of your daily life.

Of course, there’s also the Close the Gap Facebook group, which only gets better as more and more people jump in to talk writing shop and day-to-day creative living.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this course, and learned a lot about other writers, but really about yourself and the master writer you’d like to become.

Your Final Writing Prompt

We’ve got a couple different lists you are going to make to start today’s prompt.

  • List #1: Set a timer for 5 minutes. Write out as many words, adjectives, phrases, and short (less than 8-10 words) sentences as you can to describe yourself*
  • List #2: Write out at least 10-15 words, adjectives, phrases, and short (less than 8-10 words) sentences your friends, family, or peers have used to describe you.
  • List #2: Write out at least 10-15 words, adjectives, phrases, and short (less than 8-10 words) sentences your friends, family, or peers have used to describe you.
  • List #4: Go through all these lists and choose the bullets that resonate the most with you. That are part of the voice and style you’d like readers to associate with you going forward.

Now, here’s where we’re going to flash-back and then whip forward, lightspeed through hyperspace. (Shout out to Chuck Wendig there…)

Pull out your first writing prompt, the one where I asked you after just a week of lessons what kind of writer you wanted to be at the end of this.

Now, we’re going to not only going to practice writing and creating, we’re going to spend some time doing revisions and editing (which is going to be a massive part of your practice, if it isn’t already.)

Compare the final list you’ve made, based on the four smaller lists, with that first writing prompt.

What would you change? What would you keep? What got reinforced, and what do you realize you might have changed your mind about.

Rewrite the first writing prompt, keeping the past eight weeks of lessons, and this new list you’ve created, in mind.

There, my friend, is your writer’s statement. It is the writer you aspire to be, in the voice and style that are unique to only you.

Go forth and write wonderful, masterful things!

* If you are writing for a brand, consider the brand’s persona as the “you” in these questions; though your own voice and style should be a part of that persona, especially if you are a necessary creator in the brand identity.

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