Your Seventh Writing Prompt

Lesson 93 Chapter 7 Module 8

Today that to the last week of lessons wraps up, and we have our next to the last writing prompt today.

This week, we looked at Theme and (Life) Lessons, and how they affect not only your story, but the characters and setting and concepts in it.

We’re beyond the thick of storytelling, and a bit in the weeds (or so it might seem.)

This is honestly a point at which many writers will give up, but not you.

You’ve logged in almost 50 days in a row (or something close to that!), done regular copywork lessons, and taken time to work on your own writing at least once a week.

You’re already far ahead of those other writers that gave up when the future seemed difficult to navigate. Heck, maybe you were one of those writers before you got here.

That all changes now.

I say that it might feel like you are in the weeds a bit because we are now in the swirling mass of all those elements to storytelling: structure, flow, concept & premise, plot, characters, settings, surrounding, scenes, themes, lessons...how does one begin to unsnarl this to figure out how to actually implement it all.

This is where it gets fun!

Ok, a little frustrating for a moment, but lots of fun after.

The right answer here is...there is no right answer.

As we’ve seen in the past 35 copywork excerpts, every master writer in history has become a master writer because they are different. They have unique perspectives and characters and flows that make bastions of readers fall in love with their works.

For every different way of writing, there’s a different process.

  • Some writers will outline all their work at the beginning—others prefer to throw all their thoughts onto a page in a stream-of-consciousness and edit it to perfection later.
  • Some writers create their characters first, then drop them into surroundings—others prefer to create entire worlds and experiences, then figure out what kind of characters would live there and what they would do.
  • Some writers start with a theme and lesson, and write their essay to support or prove (or disprove) that theory—others prefer to see where the story takes them and strengthen the lessons that manifest in edits.
  • Some writers like to write precise sentences that convey detailed information—others prefer to write an entire book that is one long run-on sentence or a poem with carefully selected vocabulary.

The one thing that all writers tend to do is start with a premise, and build it into a concept. It really does help to know what you want to say, the fun is figuring out how you want to say it.

This week, with Themes and (Life) Lessons, we learned that writing should have a theme or lesson. There should be some takeaway or lesson you are trying to impart to your reader, regardless of whether you state it straightforwardly or not.

Sometimes, the theme is a phrase or statement that is literally written out. Other times, it is something we leave for the reader to infer from the story we are telling.

Neither way is wrong, and it’s important for you to experiment a bit to learn which way you want to share your themes and (life) lessons with your audience.

Of note, in shorter essays and articles, where facts/word count/attention are the focus, you might want to err on the side of stating it straightforwardly.

If you are in the fiction, longer or personal essay, or poetry world of writing, telling a story and letting your reader walk away with the lessons you are observing might be the way to go.

This is also when you’ll start figuring out how you want your building blocks to come together. We all get the ones I’ve mentioned before and we’ve learned (language, words, structure, flow, premise, concept, plot, characters, setting, surroundings, scenes, theme, lesson, and morals) and now you can also experiment with how you want to piece them together to create your ideal writing process.

Next week, the final piece will bring it all together, as we learn more about discovering our own voice and style.

Before that, though, here’s this week’s writing prompt:

Your Seventh Writing Prompt

Stop to think about 12 different themes or lessons in your projects, writing, business, or brand.

If you are writing fiction, consider what the overarching concepts that keep coming up again and again are. Look at phrases and words that are repeating. Think about what the “point” to your story is, or what the lesson in a particular scene should be.

If you are writing non-fiction (especially for your business and brand), consider the lessons that you want your reader to walk away from your writing with. Is it something specific about you or your brand or product? A teaching about something in your industry. A snippet of your own vision or offering for clients?

Write out a quick bullet list, with a brief description for each.

Now, take what you feel is the most important theme or lesson out of all of them.

If your reader were to talk to their friend about your writing, what is the one thing you’d want them to say about it and you, above anything else.

Now, write out 500-750 words that will teach that lesson.

If you are looking for feedback on your themes and lessons, and whether you’ve considered everything that someone needs to know to understand your vision, consider sharing in the Close the Gap Facebook group. Everyone else is working on their writing and craft in there, it’s pretty much a judgement free zone.

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