To be worth reading, a story must have a conflict. A story without conflict is like flavorless food—it’s tasteless and hardly enjoyable to consume. The root of every story is based on conflict: from Adam and Eve’s story (a man and woman commanded not to eat from a specific tree, but a snake entices them to do so) to Romeo and Juliette (a boy and a girl from opposing relatives fall in love)
In creative writing, conflict can be either external or internal. The most interesting stories contain a fair mix of both. Internal conflicts emphasize emotional and psychological struggle. (i.e.: the more Leon visits the girl, the more he loves her—but he must stop visiting the girl in order to save his mother. On the other hand, external conflict focuses on physical levels. (i.e.: Dr. Stockman tries to take town’s leadership from Peter Stockman)
While the balance, amount, and intensity of the two types of conflicts will vary from genre to genre, writers should incorporate some kind of conflict in every scene. With the right mix of external and internal discord, your story will be very interesting.
Writing a poem can be overwhelming. However, with the right approach and inspiration, it is an interesting process. The following steps will help you to write an outstanding poem:
Starting a Poem
Writing exercises are very important when starting a poem. It gives you inspiration that helps you in molding and shaping your thoughts to ideas. The environment can also be of great inspiration. After finding inspiration from the environment, you can now pick a specific idea or theme that interests you. Themes give you a clear objective or goal.
Writing the Poem
Right imageries should be used as they make the poem enjoyable. Similes and metaphor should also be included in the poem as they help the reader to see a clear picture of what the poet mean. Clichés should always be avoided. Use unique phrases that will intrigue or surprise your reader.
Polishing the Poem
When polishing up the poem, first read the poem aloud to yourself or others and listen how the words sound. You can note any words or lines that do not sound correct. Then, share the poem you have written to other poets for their views. Use the response in the revision of your poem.
Effective dialogue is an important part of both creative fiction and nonfiction writing. A good dialogue not only moves the story forward but also reveals important character information. Here are some of the dos and don’ts of a good dialogue.
Dos of a Dialogue
- A dialogue should be broken with actions. When people talk, they don’t normally stop everything. They keep driving, cleaning up dishes and fidgeting, etc. Your characters shouldn’t be static.
- Dialogue should follow all grammatical rules. Every time a new person is talking, a new paragraph should be started. A dialogue is enclosed within quotation marks. And each new line of dialogue should be indented.
- A dialogue should be brief. Wordy and long passages may be irritating for the reader.
And here are a few don’ts of a dialogue:
- Do not use many dialogue tags. Usually, some well-placed “she replieds” or“he saids” will do the trick. If a dialogue is wonderfully written, the person who is speaking is known, even without tags
- Do not use many dialogues in your scene. The reader need not know every word your character says.
- Do not be too realistic in your dialogue. Actual speech can’t make a great dialogue. A good dialogue should not mimic real speech, rather, approximates it.
Some people think that reading a lot of stories qualifies one to be a creative writer. However, reading many novels doesn’t mean you can write one. Creative writing, like a piece of furniture has its own laws of construction, set of requirements that should be learnt. The following tips will help you if your efforts aren’t as fruitful as you’d hoped.
Stretch your writing muscles by doing short exercises
Stuck for idea? Just carry a notebook everywhere and write down any observations. By keeping your ears open in cafes and on bus, you’ll get great lines of dialogue.
Find time of the day when you’re most active
For many writers, writing is the first thing in the morning. Other people work well at night. If you’re not sure, just experiment.
Don’t agonize to get it right.
Every writer has to revise and edit his work. It’s rare that a scene or a story comes out right the first time. After completing the initial draft, leave the story for some days and then come back to it afresh. If you think there are problems in your story but you can’t pinpoint them, just ask another writer to read it and give a feedback.