Writer’s block faces every writer irrespective of experience that one might have. When that happens, you won’t be able to know which topic or style to use. You are stuck. I know that feeling and some years back I had difficulties trying to get out of it. To make things easier, here are some of the themes that will guide you on what your next poem will be about.
Good memories or bad memories? The reader is able to relate what is said when the poem is about someone close.
Romance brings about feelings. When a relationship is spoken about, fantasy comes about and inspires one to want more.
Childhood memories, love gone or broken hearts attract readers.
Have a friend that you will never forget? Just write about him and ensure the poem have a rhythm.
Aw, aren’t those dogs cute! What about that rainbow you saw after the rain? Ohhhh the sunset! A poem about nature is always amazing.
Do you remember the good old days in the cafeteria? Bring all those school memories in your poem. It will be fantastic.
I have been writing for more than five years. During that period, I have learned that writing is a whirlwind process that needs a lot of work, research, and creative mind. My experience has made me think about the process of writing and what it’s all about. Creative writing is more about confidence, gathering insights, generating new ideas, and trusting the process despite the difficulties that comes.
Here are some of the greatest lessons I have learned:
1) Trust the process
Stick to the writing process no matter the challenges you face. This does not happen instantly, and one has to endure some years of hard work.
2) Ignore the small stuff
There are always small things that come in the writer’s way, but they are just ego, politics or mindless emails. Focus on the task at hand.
3) it is lonely
Sometimes, especially on new material, writing is hard and lonely. So, having supporters is important to keep you energized.
4) Believe in yourself even if you are rejected
Nothing comes easily; it takes hard work and time to get collaborators and supporters for new ideas.
There are certain skills which you need to master if you are yearning to be an expert in creative writing. The good news for those who want to learn them is that there’re easy to grasp. And there’re also easy to remember for a long time. Master the following skills:
Talent –Everyone has a talent, whether inborn or not. So do not give an excuse that you cannot write. Talent is just passion for one’s craft. Keep writing and you will end up improving day by day.
Persistence –To be a successful creative writer, you should be persistent. Success is not absence of failure. Never give up on writing,
Patience –success does not come within one day. If you have a mentality for “get-success-quick” or “get-published-quick” it won’t work. Patience is a ticket to success in creative writing.
Ability to face criticism–Criticism is good for writers especially if it comes with positive advice. Therefore, you must learn to face criticism and improve where necessary.
Imagination – Writing need you to have bright imaginations. Just think outside the box and you will be a great writer.
Hi to all. I’m Lily Yeeun Cho, an 11th grader attending to GVCS. I’m planning for some big stuff; that is, to create my own literature club that would publish my school’s own literary magazine called ‘Oh My G (GVCS)’. I’m thinking of publication about twice or thrice per year. My club will also choose some best pieces out of the ones that are already selected for school magazine and submit them to other literary magazines, such as ‘Daphne’, ‘The Claremont Review’, ‘The Adroit Journal’, and etc. The reason I’m doing this is to encourage young writers or painters for a challenge and help students to find out their hidden talents and develop those abilities through fresh experiences. I’m a little bit worried that students might not participate with passion in submission. That’s why I’m going to promote them with lots of prizes.
The recent club members gathered are Yoorim Kim, Harim Chang, Sareum Kim, and Jaewon Kim. They are all gifted students who have great interests in creative writing. They will be the ones to help me while selecting best pieces for our publication.
I’m hoping that my publication would work as I planned and students at GVCS to join in with ardor. Thank you.
Examples of Themes in Stories
What is a theme? How does it influence our stories? Those are the questions we should ask ourselves before looking at examples of themes.
Themes are very important as they engage human attention in a unique way. They should be very appealing, both to you and your readers. When you chose your theme wisely, you will feel obliged to finish your story.
Examples of themes
Here are examples of themes that are mostly used in stories:
Ambition – dissatisfied, very determined to get what you want.
Betrayal – pain of friendship and love
Coming of age – lack of innocence.
Deception – how to lie
Escape – from family, routine, friend, prison
Isolation – emotional, physical or spiritual
Loss – of love, friendship,
Lust – for power, sex
God and Spirituality
Choosing a story of a theme
You should really think a lot before choosing your theme. This is because you will be required to get passionate with the theme you chose. Therefore, put some thought into a theme before you commit yourself to write out your story.
What is the secret of writing a wonderful short story? The answer is adding something unique in your story that will capture the readers and editor’s attention. Here are other secrets:
Determine the heart of your story
What is the purpose of your story? If you already have the answer, stick to the essential message. Do not over-stuff the plot of your short story. Make each sentence that you write count.
See things differently
A unique and unexpected voice attracts the reader’s attention. Just be careful that you don’t put nonessential characters in your story.
Craft a strong title.
People get motivation to read from a good title. Let your friends read your story and tell you which of the words in the story stands out. These extracts from your story might be the best title
Shorter is sweeter
Perfect short stories should have fewer than 3,500 words. Avoid writing very long stories. A short story has a higher chance of getting published. Therefore, resist the desire to go on and on.
So you want to be a creative writer. Then have the following tools:
You need to read any and every short story or novel you come across. You do not need to take notes or think a lot about the stories, just read. Use as much time as possible looking for new books in the e-book stores and read them.
Wherever you go you should have a notebook with you. Make sure you write everyday about anything. Make writing a habit.
A word processor is good for you if you started writing stories. It makes work easier and clear. Do not tire yourself writing on a piece of paper, even though it has its own satisfying benefits, using a keyboard to type is much easier and fast.
4. Grammar and Style Guides
It takes time to master English grammar. However, a thesaurus, grammar guides and a dictionary are very important for a creative writer.
5. Writing Groups
Writing groups are important because they enable you to meet other writers and test your skills. They also provide feedback, healthy competition and moral support.