I could have easily chosen to write about my illnesses, but since this was a practice writing prompt for a standardized test, I decided that I'd better follow the format we'd learned which was to include an example from a book and from a movie. I did exactly that and I made a 100 on my paper. This got me thinking.
Is the writing industry so formulated as well? Based on my limited research. . . um, yes . . . there is some expectations to follow. Some tips include: Follow the story arc; include universal themes and emotions; avoid clichés, adverbs, and adjectives; fifty percent of the writing should be dialogue; write what you know, but with your own unique twist; and make sure you have your own voice.
So, this year I will be working on trying to reign in and shape my wild ideas into a more universal story and hope for the best. I can't promise that I'll master the art or that I'll even get published, but all I can do is work on my craft and grow as a writer. Happy writing!