Over on the Writer’s Digest Creative Writing Prompts ( http://www.writersdigest.com/prompts/thankful-im-a-writer ) , the current prompt is: Finish this sentence: I’m thankful I’m a writer because …
I decided to do two takes on it. The first one was purely fictional because…Well. Because I enjoy tweaking the prompts, trying to see how I can take them into an unexpected direction.
I was happy with how it turned out. So, I was going to just leave it at that. But then I read the other responses and I felt like doing a more personal non-fictional one.
So, if you don’t mind me being a little spammy, I’m going to post both of them over here.
This is the fictional take:
Cessa Millagray read the assignment. “I’m thankful I’m a writer because…” She frowned.
“But I’m not a writer.”
The teacher gave her the Killing Curse glare.
Cessa closed her mouth. She doodled flowers and ponies and warrior rabbits. I’m not a writer.
She flipped the page over and drew a landscape in pencil gray and paper white with a unicorn looking plaintive at the sky. She shaded in the night. She placed the brink of tears in the unicorn’s eyes.
She added some fly-away hairs in the unicorn’s mane and tail. She darkened the unicorn’s shadow on the ground.
She drew birds – black feathered shapes – in the sky. I’m not a writer and I’m glad.
Cessa stopped in mid-shading.
She knew what she wanted to write for her assignment.
She flipped back to the assignment and wrote:
I am not a writer. I don’t think in terms of adjectives and adverbs and pronouns and repetitive word use and clichés and I am thankful.
I see colors.
I see lines and shapes.
I see a line become a smile or curve into a woman’s face.
I see the curl of a woman’s hair and the straightness of a man’s tie.
I see a child reaching for her mother. I see the difference in their lines.
I see light and shadow and how they can create a mood or resounding beauty or surprising ugliness.
I see all of these things and more because I am not a writer.
I am a creator of landscapes and flowers and rabbits and fantasy and reality.
I am an artist.
And I am very thankful for that.
And this one was just me writing as me:
I am thankful that I am a writer, because it has helped me find my true voice.
I love music and singing. My vocal range, unfortunately, is limited at best and tone deaf at worst.
Yet, as I’ve written stories through these prompts, I have discovered that I do have a voice. It just wasn’t the one I was expecting.
It is not a voice filled with musical notes and key signatures.
It is a voice with a weird sense of humor and moderately crazy characters.
It is a voice filled with nouns and pronouns and adjectives and the necessary amount of adverbs.
It is the voice of my characters.
It is the voice within my stories.
And I am very thankful for it.