Types of Creative writing

There are various types of creative writing and different types may change over time. The following are the main types of creative writing:

Poetry

There are many types of poetry – from rhyming couplets to ballads to free verse. Poets develops their own way and styles of writing their poems.  The poem may be about situations or nature or love.

Essays

In the modern world, you may think that essays are something that students write at school. However, essays are forms of creative writing.  It is a piece of writing from point of view of the author, such as their thoughts on literary criticism, politics and so on.

News Items

Although a news item is not fiction, the way that story is organized or phrased involves creativity. Listen to the news and think about how stories are presented.

Novels

Novels are popular forms of creative writing. The most famous creative writers are novel writes. Novels can be about any topic and they can be short or long.

Other types of creative writings are novella, short stories, and blogs

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Prompts for Creative Writing

Prompts are used by many creative writers to generate new content. Prompts can be a challenge. For instance, creating a story using one syllable words or writing an alphabet story in which the first sentence starts with the letter A, the subsequent B, and so on, or themes from poems, or journals.

If when writing you feel that you do not have material, move to another of your senses (sound, smell, sight, taste, touch); or shift your viewpoint from high to low, from far away to close; or consider the five questions- what, who, why, when, where.

Creative writing practices, like any type of warm-up routine before playing musical instrument or a sport, help to loosen up imagination while improving your writing skills. The aim of the following prompts is to create lively and clear writing that uses well-chosen verbs, precise nouns and specific images.

The Prompts:

  • Describe a “first” (first kiss, first lie, first time driving a car, first apartment, or first big success). Include as many details as you can, ensuring to put an aspect involving each of the five senses.
  • Describe an unforgettable event, negative or positive, and how it made you feel; however, do not name the feeling. Just tell how you felt in your body (metallic taste, wobbly knees, damp hands, etc.)
  • Create stories using one-syllable words only, starting with a phrase like: “The last time I saw her, she…” and “The one thing I know for sure…”
  • Describe an important place, permitting the details to disclose why the place is significant. Describe it from a rooftop, a tree, or a hawk’s point of view.
  • Describe a noteworthy person (neighbour, teacher, coach, parent, sibling, sweetheart, or mentor) with as many physical details as possible. Avoid clichés!
  • Write about your name- why you were given that name, what stories or associations are linked to it, what you think it means. Given the opportunity, what name would you give yourself?

Do You Have These Better Writing Habits?

There is only one path that leads to better writing, and that is practicing a lot. Though for some people writing is a talent, even the talented writers have to work hard. After all, nobody was born with writing skills.

Developing good writing habits has two advantages. First, good writing habits enable you to write regularly.  By writing frequently, you gain experience in writing, and your work improves.

Below I have listed essential wring habits that will improve your writing skills. Now you have a duty to try and introduce the habits into your routine each week. By the end of the year, you will become an expert in writing.

  • Form a wring schedule and write each day if possible: It does not matter if you will write for three hours or twenty minutes a day, daily writing is important. It I better to write for fifteen minutes daily than write for 10 hours over the weekend. However, if you write for long daily and have longer sessions on weekends, you writing skills will be better.
  • Do not forget to read: you cannot be a good writer if you do not read. The importance of reading widely cannot be overemphasized: read as often as possible.
  • Never procrastinate: The worst habit a writer can have is failing to finish tasks. Shiny ideas will always tempt you away from your current project. Never give in to any temptation.
  • Show your work: share your work with other people. Send a poem to a few friends or post a scene on a blog. Let others assess your writing and help you to improve it.
  • Know your industry and craft: good writers should understand things like spelling, punctuation, and grammar as well as the importance of polishing and editing their work before they share it. It is also necessary to familiarize yourself with the industry- publishing and marketing. Edit all your work, consult style guides and grammar, learn to formant your document, learn about the publishing industry, and try to understand how authors market their work.

 

 

Tips to Excellent Creative Writing

It is fun to write, more so if the intended message of the piece of writing is well articulated for understandability. To achieve this level in creative writing might seem obvious even effortless but just like every other work of art, getting it right takes more than just having the idea. The execution of a thought and its transformation into a conversation with the reader requires a few tricks and tips. Here are four tips on how to get it just right.

  1. Correct Grammar

It is a heinous writing crime to put out work that falls short grammatically. It is particularly so since the new school attitude of throwing grammar rules out of the window cannot be tolerated. Such blatant disregard of the building block of the English language is unacceptable from a serious writer. However, considering that creative writing is not supposed to be as stodgy as perhaps academic writing, a few grammatical errors are forgivable if there is a creative reason for the breach of rules. The bottom line is that there needs to be credibility. Keep an eye out for the correct punctuation such as the correct use of the apostrophe and appropriate use of the first, second and third person.

  1. Be a proofreader

They say human is to error. In realization of this truth, any prudent writer should ensure that his or her work is perfected. That is why proofreading is an essential part in the process of writing. It also allows the writer to do meaningful editing.

  1. You don’t have to get it right the first time

An idea is normally half the battle. The other half is actually expressing it. Avoid the pressure and tease the idea as many times and ways as possible. You never know, maybe the third try is the charm.

  1. Precision

The element of communication is at the core of the writing. In other words, make the work brief and to the point. Avoiding of the use of flowery adjectives is usually the best way to achieve brevity.