Grab your favorite novel. Open it up to a random chapter. Write down the first sentence of that chapter. Choose another chapter. Write down the last sentence of that chapter. Write a 500 word story using those lines as the first and last lines of your story.
Advice from a Creative Writing Teacher
1) Keep writing! Don’t ever let a negative curmudgeonly person convince you to give up your dreams of writing. You are writing because you love it and need to heed that call to write.
2) Write your truth. Don’t try to write like your favorite author or include the latest plot trends just because they’re popular. Write your story in your way. It’s opening up to your truth and honoring it that makes writing great.
3) FINISH a piece! I have so many students who have new ideas bubbling up every day. They start writing super excited about it, but then when it gets difficult, they put it aside and start on the next new exciting idea. They have piles of half completed stories, but nothing that they’ve worked all the way through. To really learn about writing and hone your craft, you need to work through the hard parts and figure them out. Even if you hate your story when you're done with it, you’ll have learned something about plot or character. You need to work through the hard parts because there are definitely hard parts when it comes to writing.
4) Find a great critique partner that you trust. This could be online or face to face, but getting good feedback is super important to becoming a better writer.