‘What I hope for’ from the French writing prompt

Aug 21, 2021 Message

French writers are asking you to write an essay or novel that makes you feel like you have won a prize.

It could be a prize for writing a novel, a medal for writing poetry or a statue for writing an article, says Isabelle Rambaud, author of The Literary Art of French Writing. 

“This is something you want to do, it’s something that you want people to remember you for,” she says.

“The more you write, the more you have to write.”

Read more: French writing prompts (English version) If you are a professional writer, you may want to look at this essay to help you improve your writing.

But if you’re not a professional, don’t worry, you can still use it as a creative writing prompt, and write a story or novel for yourself that will inspire you to get back to your writing, Rambud says.

You can also find inspiration in the French language.

French is spoken by about 10 per cent of the French population, and is considered a first language, so there’s a good chance that you might already know a few words from it, she says, adding that if you do know a word, you should use it to create a new one for yourself.

What to do if you are stuck at home with no idea what to write I think that the first thing you should do is think about what you want from your writing prompt.

Is it a story you want your reader to care about?

Or a novel you want them to remember?

If you have a novel that you’re looking to write, you might want to think about how you would describe it.

But for an essay, you could probably use a poem or two, she adds.

The more you get into it, the easier it will be to write.

“When I first started writing, I was still just scratching the surface,” Rambaut says.

But she said the more she got into it and started writing more, she was able to write something that she was proud of.

“Writing an essay has this energy to it that I didn’t know existed, and it just felt good,” she said.

Read more:   ‘The most beautiful thing about writing is that it is a process’ (French version) What to do when you can’t find an answer?

If it’s not possible to find an explanation or an example of an idea you have, Rammaud recommends using some of the examples she has given to help give you an idea of what to do.

“You can try and find examples of a particular type of thing, and then try and write about that.

You can write about what it is you love, what you love to do and what you have been working on,” she explains.

“If you write about something that is important, then you’ll have a better understanding of what you can do and how to do it.”

You don’t have to be a genius to write a good essay.

If there are no other options, Rami says, you don’t really need to do anything.

You just need to write what you’re comfortable with and that will do the trick, she explains, adding: “You don.t need to be great.

Just write what’s natural to you.”

You can also try writing a short story.

“That’s really easy to do,” she suggests.

The best way to do this is to think outside the box.

“Do you think of yourself as a novelist, or a writer?” she says when asked what she would do if she were to write fiction.

Find your voice, she advises.

If you’re a professional author, “write an essay that will encourage people to go back to work, to try and keep up with what you are doing, to keep reading.

You will find that that’s really powerful,” she concludes.

Want more inspiring writing tips? 

Listen to our new podcast: What to Write if You Don’t Have a Novel, and then read more of Isabelle’s writing prompts.

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