Hope this letter finds you in good spirits.
Jake handed me your story last week. I really enjoyed it. It took me to a different world, I swam in its waves – sinking with its troughs and surfing with its crests. You have the gift of imagination, and an eye for detail. Hold on to your dream, Anita, it is a beautiful one – one that will come true if you persevere with it.
You asked for my advice in your letter. I could say many things, but would it be wise? I could, as you asked, tell you how I would have written the story, but then it would not be your story anymore.
You draw inspiration from your surroundings; I can picture you writing a story before you even touch a pen. That’s how I too was once, before success acquainted with me. With success came its close pals caution and conformity. There will come a stage in your life too, when these three will follow you closely, guiding your every step. Until then, my only advise is experiment, discover, let your imagination run wild and somewhere amidst those wonders… find yourself!
You have my best wishes and I would be happy to read your stories in future as well. I am sorry if my letter disappoints you, if you were expecting more concrete answers. Writing is a journey and takes its own course. There will be a stage when you will be ready with different, more pertinent questions – I will be happy to help you find your answers then. Until then, try your heart out and write whatever catches your fancy.
On a different matter, and I am taking some liberty here, Jake mentioned you are reclusive at school. While it is said to be typical of writers to be aloof in their dealings with the world, it is nothing but a sorry stereotype. Reach out to people, open up to them. You will be surprised how that would impact your writing. You could start with Jake, he dabbles in writing too, you two have something in common.
Looking forward to more stories.
356 words (!)
I decided to write a longer entry this time… About 250% more than my usual… :P
I have come to the realization that writing longer than 100 words has become as difficult for me as trimming to 100 words used to be once! Who would have thought! :/
This is my final entry for Voice Week 2014.
Voice week is a writing challenge hosted by Stephanie of BekindRewrite to experiment with different voices.