I'm back. Rankus here with another fabuloso lesson about one of my favorite topics, (aside from chasing knights)... Writing!!
So, last week we talked about organizing all your ideas into an outline. Have you done that yet? Because now we can start with the really fun stuff.
Writing the first draft!
Now, you need to take one look at your outline so you'll know what to write about. Next, you're going to put the outline away somewhere and don't look at it again unless you get really stuck. Why? Because the outline is a possible way you can go with your story. But it's not written in stone. If you feel you should veer a little from it, do so. But if you get stuck down a rabbit trail, it's there to help guide you back.
There are other things to consider when you're writing.
Your voice: This is one of the hardest things for new writers to get. But we all have them. Once you're brilliant and experienced like me, you're writing will reflect your own voice as well. Got it?
So voice is:
your perspective on something
how you express things
your enthusiasm for your topic
and most of all... confidence in what you have to say.
Try not to think about it too much. Soon, the more you write, the more your voice will come out. Trust me on this. I'm in the fourth grade and I know what I'm talking about.
The other thing I want you to consider is Word Choice.
Watch out for lame brain words like "was", "were", "felt", "looked" and "seemed" and a whole bunch of other words that don't say anything.
You can say a "knight ran for his life", or you can say, "The knight darted away from the dragon's fire breath."
Which one sounds more exciting?
You can say, "The Queen walked into her library when Dirkus knocked over a stack of books."
Or you can say,
"The Queen stormed into the library. "Dirkus, are you messing with my reading pile again?"
Think about what you say and how you say it.
And if you're not nearly as fabu-tastic as I am, don't worry. It's taken me four years to reach this degree of writing excellence. Keep trying, okay?
Rankus O. Dragon: 4th grade Extraordinaire.