In an attempt to improve my writing, I joined the Jeff Goins 500 Words Challenge. One of the challenges was to write in another author’s voice. Part of me resisted the challenge. I can’t write in the voice of C.S. Lewis. I thought about a children’s book. Maybe Seuss or If You Give a Mouse a Cookie follows a simple pattern. I can do that. I thought about writing and the excitement that comes to a writer when she gets a nice, new pen. Then the story came to me. (If only I had the talent of Felica Bond to do the illustrations.)
If You Give a Writer a New Pen
If you give a writer a new pen—one with flowy ink—she’ll probably want a new journal to go with it.
If you give her a new journal—pages crisp, spiral-bound with the back cover hard enough to write on—she’ll ask you for a comfy place to write.
If you give her a comfy place to write—a place with a beautiful view and whatever music, sound, or quiet that helps her muse—she’ll want a hot cup of coffee, maybe a tea.
If you give her a cup of coffee—creamy and sweet—she’ll need time to write.
If you give her time to write—with freedom to write whatever comes or with purpose and direction—she’ll pour her heart, imagination, and creativity onto the page.
When all the pouring of heart and soul have run themselves dry, she’ll need time to take a break.
If she has time to take a break, she’ll want a good, fresh cup of coffee.
If she has a cup of coffee, she’ll want a comfy place to sit and enjoy it.
If she’s sitting in a comfy place with a coffee, she’ll want something good to read.
So, you tell her to read her journal.
And if she’s reading her journal, she’ll need a nice new pen to . . . kill her darlings.
What would you do if you received a new pen?
Maybe you can start writing 500 words. You never know where it’ll take you.