Writing Activity: Satirical Instructions

Write a set of intimidating or satirical instructions in the second person on how to be a writer. 


The aim of being a writer is not, as it may at first seem, to entertain. The true purpose is to educate. The genuine writer wishes to open up a window to his or her soul, and show the world the insights gleaned through their life’s journey.

Oh dear! That lets me out then. I haven’t done anything exciting to write home about!


Your purpose is not to chase fame and fortune. It is to bring to life the love of language and the written word, to those who may never have had a chance to learn before what you can tell them.

Gulp. How on earth am I going to do that? I only wanted to write a J.K. Rowlings-type story, in the hopes of making a bob or two. I wonder if I could ask for my money back?


Grammar, or Syntax, are to be correct at every junction of your writing. This way sloppiness is held at bay, and your writing will be more acceptable to all who matter.

I wonder what syntax means? I’ll look it up on Google when I get home. Looks like I’m going to have to dig out all my old English books as well – Bums!


(203 words)


Written 26/11/2008.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.