Why You Should Read and Write Fiction

Why You Should Read and Write Fiction

Although life is fantastic, it can also be busy, crappy, overwhelming and crazy at times. Sometimes we need an escape, and that is what good fiction gives us. We go to the movies for entertainment and escape. We read and write stories for the same reason.
Since time immemorial, humans have always enjoyed reading and listening to stories. Stories have been told around the campfire. The TV is one of a campfire, but there are some bad stories out there!
Giving people a break from craziness is valid. Entertaining people by creating a story from your mind is exciting. Isn’t it? We write fiction to challenge ourselves and to entertain ourselves and others. We read fiction to transport our mind to a new realm, who said there is no such thing as mind travel to another world? When you read my stories, we connect across space and time– it is a miracle.
We write fiction to give an emotional impact to our audience. We also write fiction to express our ideas and thoughts about various topics through what characters do and say. It is quite fascinating to use stories to explore topics like friendship, marriage, love, and sacrifice.
References
https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2010/08/17/why-read-write-fiction/
http://thewritepractice.com/why-do-we-read/
https://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=https://www.forbes.com/sites/ehrlichfu/2015/06/14/why-read-fiction/&refURL=https://www.google.com/&referrer=https://www.google.com/

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How to Write a Good Autobiography

How to Write a Good Autobiography

At some point in your career of your education, you may be required to write an autobiography. Whether you like making a presentation about yourself or you hate it, it is important to start with a positive thought. Your story might turn out to be more interesting than expected. With some brainstorming and some research, any person can write an interesting autobiography.
Before you begin to write an autobiography, it is important to know that your life story should have the basic framework that essays have, such as introductory paragraph, a body, and a conclusion. However, the trick is to make your story an interesting narrative. That means doing good research and taking notes.
Just like a famous person’s biography, your autobiography should have things like place and time of your birth, your likes and dislikes, an overview of your personality, and the events that shaped your life. Some things to consider are interesting things about the place where you were born, how the history of that region relates to your family history, and the reason your family came to that region.
Think about your childhood. Although you may not have had the most interesting childhood, you may have had a few memorable experiences. Highlight all the best parts when you can. It is also important to consider your culture in your autobiography. Culture is the overall way of life. It includes customs that came from the values and beliefs of your family.
After taking a look at your life from an outsider, select fascinating elements from your notes and establish a theme. You can turn one day or one event into a theme. It is possible that one day or one event in your life made such a noteworthy impact that it can be used as a theme.
Create an outline with activities or events that relate back to your main theme and turn those into body paragraphs of your story. Finally, tie up your experiences in a summary that explains and restates the central theme of your life.
References
https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-write-your-autobiography-1857256
https://blog.udemy.com/how-to-write-an-autobiography-2/

Voice in Creative Writing

Voice in Creative Writing

In creative writing, the term “voice” has two different meanings. First, it is the style of the author, the quality that does not only makes his/her writing unique but also conveys the author’s personality, attitude, and character. Second, a voice is the thought patterns and characteristic speech of the narrator of a work of fiction. Voice is what enables the reader to hear the writing. Voice can also be said to be the spirit or breath that animates the writing.
Your choice of words, choice of content, tone, and punctuation make up the authorial voice. The voice of the author is usually fairly consistent, especially in third person narratives. Consequently, it is usually possible to recognize or identify the author just by reading a part of his or her work.
Every person has his/her way of putting together ideas, words, and phrases. These elements make up the “voice” of a person. Some people are funny; others are pompous, authoritative, warm, chatty, or combine various qualities to make up a distinct complex personality.
Whether you are writing a short story, flash fiction, novel or a blog post, finding a voice can be a struggle. Your voice should be uniquely your own. It should make your work pop and readers recognize the familiarity. Even if you borrow a sense of style from another author, your voice should be authentic.

References
https://www.thebalance.com/what-is-voice-in-fiction-writing-1277142
http://paulettealden.com/articles/voice-lessons-2/
http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/voice-in-writing-developing-a-unique-writing-voice

Tone in Creative Writing

Tone in Creative Writing

Tone is the attitude of the fiction writers toward the readers and their subject. The tone of the write creates a mood or atmosphere for the story. The tone can be condescending, sarcastic, zealous, passionate, satirical, humorous, and so on. The writer’s tone can be anything the writer’s picks. In children literature, for instance, humor is an important tone.
The writers’ choice of diction often reveals their tone. The tone is mainly expressed by word connotation. For instance, some expressions might be interpreted as vulgar. Other expressions can be interpreted as sarcasm.
The tone is also about writer’s effect on the reader. What mood does the story create in the reader’s mind? The tone of a story may be optimistic, pessimistic, informal, formal, threatening, sad, humorous, serious, and joyful.
In formal writing, the tone should be concise, clear, courteous, and confident. In creative writing, the tone is more subjective. However, the writer should always aim to communicate clearly. Sometimes, genre determines the tone.
The tone in writing is not any different than your voice tone. You know that sometimes it is “how” you say it and not “what” you say. Every adverb and adjective you use, the imagery you use, and your sentence structure will show your tone.
The tone may remain the same throughout the story or can change very quickly.
References
http://www.wheaton.edu/Academics/Services/Writing-Center/Writing-Resources/Style-Diction-Tone-and-Voice
http://mrsvanderhoff.weebly.com/tone.html
https://writerswrite.co.za/155-words-to-describe-an-authors-tone/

The Difference Between Theme and Motif

The Difference Between Theme and Motif

Both themes and motif are similar and closely related. Therefore, people often find it difficult to distinguish them easily. This article will try to bring out the difference between theme and motif.
A theme is the main idea or ideas explored in the story. Themes are used to convey a thought process, an idea or a concept. Themes can be love, death, loneliness, honour, friendship, the emancipation of women etc. On the other hand, a motif is a recurrent pattern in a story that helps to strengthen a theme.
While a theme is the underlying central idea in a written piece, a motif is a repetition of some patterns, images or ideas to reinforce the main theme. A motif is narrower than a theme. For example, if the underlying theme of a story is love, motifs may be a vulnerable heroine, a good looking hero, the chemistry between them etc.
Writers who take revenge as their theme highlight it by using motifs, like someone being killed, crime being committed, police getting involved, people going through agony, and planning to revenge etc. All these motifs point to the main theme of writing.
In conclusion, a theme of a piece of writing is like a beautiful fabric and the motifs are designs interspersed along the fabric and in line with the main theme.
References
https://www.thebalance.com/what-theme-means-in-literature-1277140
http://www.differencebetween.net/language/the-difference-between-motif-and-theme/

Why Your Stories Should Have Suspense

Why Your Stories Should Have Suspense

Every story benefits from suspense. For suspense to be effective, readers have to be curious about or care about what will happen to at least one character. Suspense should never be used to fill space. It must not only be relevant to the story but also to the characters, based on the role that they are playing in the story.
Conflict is the main source of suspense. In plot development, conflicts work best when it appears and develop, whether just in one scene or throughout the novel. This may involve either some form of danger or an inner experience for a character.
Suspense is all about risk, whether it is within the character or between one or more characters. It can be anything from the protagonist in a room becoming aware there is someone or something outside the room, or how a character will face an angry mob that wants to lynch her. It can include the resistance that a character is feeling—toward others, themselves, or life events.
The suspense keeps readers reading the story and not wanting to put it away. Conflict and suspense do not have to come from one reprehensible event happening right after another. It has all to do with the structure of the story. You have used suspense effectively if your readers don’t want to stop turning pages or they care about what is going to happen.

References
http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/the-importance-of-suspense-in-a-novel
http://bigthink.com/insights-of-genius/the-role-of-suspense-in-stories-and-music

Themes and How They Affect Our Writing

Themes and How They Affect Our Writing

It is important to learn what themes are and how they affect our writing and stories. A story without a theme is like a list of events. Although the events themselves may be exciting or interesting, without the human connection, they will not engage readers’ attention in any way.
A theme must not only appeal to the reader but also to the author. To keep writing, you must want to explore that particular theme. One of the areas of confusion is the difference between plot and theme. For example, the plot of a story about marital breakdown may involve secret affairs between friends, but the theme may be love, loneliness, betrayal, etc. As a writer, you should not confuse the plot with the theme of a story.
Themes are the pulse of the stories. Therefore, if you choose a theme correctly, you will want to complete your story. If your theme does not captivate you, it will certainly not captivate your readers. Therefore, think carefully, not just about a theme but about how you intend to explore it.
The following are examples of themes that may appeal to you: alienation, ambition, betrayal, coming of age, deceptive, courage, escape, death, good versus evil, fear, freedom, isolation, jealousy, justice, loss, loneliness, love, power, security, and spirituality.
References
http://www.practicalcreativewriting.com/what-is-a-theme/examples-of-themes/
http://www.novel-writing-help.com/what-is-theme.html