Anyone can do writing but Creative Writing is an art with only a few. That is the reason why only a handful of the writers get success with the creativity of their words. Creative Writing is an Art to pen down your thoughts in the most creative manner thinking differently all the while. It is all about bringing together words in a fashion so as to leave an impact and influence the reader. It is an art to engage your readers and set their expectations beforehand.
Another aspect of Creative Writing is that it is the power of Words that has the magical strength. The creative expression of words has powerful effect on the readers. It can make them smile, it can make them cry, it can make them protest, it can give them hope, it can heal their souls, it can enlighten them, it can prove to be therapeutic. In all, a good piece of writing can take the reader’s heart away. The creative the writing, the more the involvement and the enlarged the involvement, the more powerful is the strength of words.
Observation is the pre-requisite to understanding and understanding to expression. To express the views in the most influential manner, it is very important for the writer to be an avid reader and observe all what happens around him. Only after thoughtful observation and discussion, he will be able to express the best of him unravelling the best of his imaginations. It need not be something meaningful, it need not always make sense, it is an art. Enjoy the free flow of words taking you to the world of imagination. Let the writing be free from the designed boundaries of do’s and don’t and enjoy it unravelling in the best of its form.
The writing culture has been spreading like bushfire over the past three decades. Schools especially the universities in the recent past have introduced creative writing programs to students and to tutors. This has helped in growing the spirit of writing. The main reasons as to why we write are as follows:
i)To make a difference in the world
Creative writing is a way of bringing to live many things, both existing and those that do not exist. These things can touch someone’s life and make them change for the better. Writing helps us to create a new world that we never thought could be created.
ii) To build a name for ourselves
Ego is what propels us to write sometimes. Someone who was bullied during his or her childhood will write to prove a point to others. We also write to identify with a particular class of persons in the society who are held in high regard. We desire to enjoy the benefits that come with being in such a class. We also desire to ‘live’ after we are dead through our works just like the likes of Mark Twain,Nicolo Machiavelli and Chaucer among others.
iii) To feel alive
Writing makes us to feel fully alive. It awakens the fearless and happy spirit in us, almost like an aesthetic experience. It feels like for a moment we own the world and nothing else matters. The world becomes painted in beautiful amazing colours and for that one minute it feels like heaven.
Writing makes see the extraordinary out of the ordinary every day.
iv)To find purpose
We write to find out or rather discover the meaning of so many things including our lives. It is for this particular reason that every story is unique to the person writing it. In every story we find meaning for something.
Creative Writing has no particular format or boundary. Like creativity has no boundary so does creative writing. A creative writer can be as creative as he can in his writing. Creative writing does not follow any particular set of rules. The creative writer enjoys full freedom to put his opinion and observation. What is more important in creative writing is your style of writing and how you perceive the world.
All that Creative writing needs is to be an avid reader. Read as much as you can. With reading comes great thoughts and it broadens your mind. Read about different genres, different styles, different tones and different experiences. The more you read, the more ideas you will have to use your own creativity in the best possible manner.
Another secret to enhance your creativity is the research. Perform an extensive research on the subject you want to write. The more, the merrier. Research opens our avenues to that kind of creative part of us that we never had seen. As you will research more, you will have a chance to meet a more creative you.
Rewrite something that holds great significance in creative writing. If a person has written something and you have re-written the same thing in your creative style, both will leave an altogether different impression on the reader. If you read something and feel that you can be creative with it, go ahead! Store that in your memory and try to be as creative in your re-writing as you can. Observation has a vital importance in creative writing. Observe and write.
Lastly, never try to take feedback on your writings from family, friends and relatives but from sincere strangers. Friends, family or relatives will always have a personal touch in their feedback and would never be able to put forth a critic in them while an stranger would judge your writing objectively.
Writing fiction stories is not always an interesting experience especially for new authors. Despite the fact that the stories are fiction, there is so much to be done including research and editing. These problems are not unique to any one, almost all writers pass through this phase. These mistakes can however be avoided. They include
i) Narrating instead of showing
Writing is an art. It therefore demands that a writer creates vivid images in the mind of a reader. The writing should make a reader see themselves inside the story walking through the images. Telling takes the reader away from the story. To avoid telling and adopt showing, the reader must use vivid descriptions in the story.
Unnecessary repetitions in the book make the stories less interesting for the reader. The major usual use for repetition is for emphasis, however an excess of this is not good. To avoid this, the writer must edit his or her work after completion.
iii) Flaws in the plot
Without a plot a book is nothing. Plot flaws mainly includes; slow start, unreliable details, lengthy start and boring long ending or a plot that is not sectioned. A good plot should have three sections: the beginning, the middle part and the end. The beginning and the end should not be too long. Length should be concentrated in the middle.
iv) Poor dialogue use
Most new authors write their dialogue in such a way that it sounds so unnatural. This is a huge mistake but luckily it can be avoided. The dialogue should be made to sound real and too much irrelevant details and emotions should be avoided.
v) Poor editing
Editing is not the same as proofreading. In editing, having patience is very essential. It is also advised that editing should be done by a third party.
It is never easy to stand out from the crowd but that is what creative competitions are all about. A creative piece of writing needs a little extra time, a lot more creativity and above all, the originality. The following tips will help you add that spark of creativity in your writing that is very much required to win a creative writing competition.
- Make an apt start: Never start your story with words like, once upon a time or it was raining heavily, etc. Start with the things that are the ultimate soul of any story, people and conflict. They are the ones that are going to drive the story forward and keep people intact to read on.
- Cut your first paragraph: “The first impression is the last impression” is true when it comes to the creative writing. A badly drafted first paragraph can be disastrous for your writing while a lot many stories can instantly be improved by simply reviving the first paragraph.
- Don’t write a “spooky story” in the competition: Although Spooky stories are wonderful, still they are not the ones to be written in a writing competition.
- Avoid characters that already exist: It is very easy to plug in any existing character in your story, so think twice before grabbing it for your piece of writing to enter a creative writing competition.
- Calm down. Keep it simple: Don’t use fancy words: creative writing is all about being creative in your story and not being fancy with your words. All those fancy and complicated words, cut them all. Focus on your story and cut down on your adjectives and adverbs.
- Write an ending: Write a story that has an ending and does not end with a dot dot dot! Endings are always difficult to write but they are always worth too!