Ever since I decided to get more serious about writing a novel (as opposed to a screenplay), I began to look for materials on how to improve my quality of writing and to expand my scope of style and voice.The thing is, my writing skills so far have been a product of my own talent. I learned very little on how to write well. My ability to write is an innate one, not an actively learned one. However, I knew that I could achieve even greater levels of aptitude. Up until now, I could only spout the words that emerged from my mind. I had no clue as to what my own personal style was, and I had no idea how to verbalize and solidify my observations on the usage of the written word.
And so I decided to educate myself on such matters. Among a great number of books I obtained in pursuit of greater knowledge, I found Immediate Fiction: A Complete Writing Course. I thoroughly enjoy the author’s style. Not only is it welcoming, his story of how he came to be a writing coach echos my own experiences and confirms many of my beliefs about writing as an art.One of the first exercises in his book was to simply write for half an hour. At the time, I only lasted five minutes for lack of creative energy, but here is what I came up with (the first topic that was suggested was a blind date: I chose it instantly)
“Hey. I’m here,” a feminine and slightly accented voice replied.
I’ll come back to this, I suppose it will be in a total of six parts.