Dear Santa Claus, My name is ... Learning to Write Fiction


I am being asked by many people where, and when I learned to write.

In the United States, most of us begin to learn to write in kindergarten or the 1st grade. Both spoken and written language is a code, writing, is the craft of conveying written code.

One of our first writing assignments as little kids in the USA is crafting a "Dear Santa" letter.

Now I realize not everyone does this as little children for various reasons, but it is a widely held tradition this annual letter to Santa Claus.

Whether being assigned by a parent or our teachers, it is one of our first attempts at writing fiction as young human beings.

Let's break it down. You have the want, obstacle, and action.

You have a salutation and an introduction.

Our sales and marketing pitch comes next as we plead our case.

I feel an important take away from the Dear Santa letter is this, the communication is purely fictional, we are communicating with an imaginary friend within the confines of an imaginary ideology.

At a base level, you have created fiction before, you can do it again.

The real question being asked by these people is this, "How do you craft a story?"

Story craft, the creative process, self-editing and self-coaching, time management, and getting into print are skills that can be obtained and honed.

Some people pursue higher education, some people are self-taught, some of us combine both, but whatever works best for you as an individual is the best path to take.

As an Artist and Author of fiction, you are the creator.

Have fun, lay it down, make a mess, then come back and clean it up.

Push yourself to write at least ten minutes every day, set a daily word count goal for yourself.

Also don't stress trying to lay it down perfectly on your first pass, remember, rewriting is writing.

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