Effective Use of Imagery

Effective Use of Imagery

Imagery is about description; a description that provides depth to otherwise flat depiction. It is intended to enhance sensory experiences and to bring a narrative to life. It also makes the readers identify themselves with the story and picture it from a different level.

A visual prompt is the most common form of imagery. Here the writer gives a vivid description of an action and a character, rather than just a basic description. This enhanced description enables the reader to see the actions and the characters clearly in his/her mind.

The use of senses is also important, especially in fiction stories. It adds good features to the story, allowing the reader to imagine and identify with the characters. Some of these senses include auditory, olfactory, tactile, gustatory and kinesthetic. Auditory imagery involves using the sense of sound in the story. Olfactory imagery creates a sense of smell in the story. Tactile imagery creates a sense of touch. Gustatory imagery employs the sense of taste while kinesthetic imagery employs the sense of movement.

Other forms of imagery include the use of colours, similes, and metaphors. Effective use of imagery does not mean over using it. The writer should get the perfect choice of words that give powerful descriptions that remain enjoyable and memorable to the reader. It also requires the writer to be creative and imaginative.




How to Give Your Story a Good Ending

How to Give Your Story a Good Ending

One big challenge that authors face while writing their stories is how to give their stories perfect endings. The readers want an ending that is perfect, powerful, satisfactory, and one that complements the story. The way the story ends largely depends on the main message a writer wants to pass across. Here are some of the ways to of ending a story:

Implied ending

This is whereby the readers are left in suspense. They are left with a number of questions running in their minds because the author has withheld some information. The reader is left thinking about the story’s possible outcome. This is very effective to authors since the reader is left looking for more writings by that author.

Resolved ending

This is whereby the author concludes the story with the fate of each character clearly stated. It does not leave readers with questions in their minds. It answers all unresolved issues. This kind of ending is appropriate for singular novels, fairy tales and for a conclusion of a series.

Unresolved ending

This is the direct opposite of a resolved ending. For writers, it is one of the easiest ways of ending a story. It leaves some conflicts undetermined. It leaves readers imagining how the unresolved conflicts would have possibly been determined.

Crystal ball

This is whereby the writer goes an extra mile to give an insight of how the future of the characters looks like. It is mostly used in epilogues.

Tie back

This is where the beginning of the story and its ending are similar. A smart author will be able to bring out twists and surprises in the story. This will interest the readers.

Twist in the tail

This is where the story ends with a complete twist in the expected turn of events. It brings an unexpected outcome. An example is whereby a character that was initially believed to be dead resurfaces and sheds light on the hidden truth.


How to Write Flashback Effectively

How to Write Flashback Effectively

Some stories take place in consecutive scenes not far apart in time. In such stories, everything that readers need to know is available in those scenes. Then there are other stories that occur all over the temporal map: present scenes and scenes from the childhood of the protagonist that are required to understand the current story. To create coherent stories of such story, flashbacks are needed. To write flashback effectively, you need to:

Have a trigger that ignites flashbacks

Memories rarely arise out of nowhere; something in the present must trigger them. For instance, the smell of flowers could remind a character the gift he presented to his girlfriend. Therefore, when writing flashback, ensure that there is an external stimulus that pushes the consciousness of your character into the past.

Have a trigger that brings back your character to the present

Just like there is a trigger that ignites flashback, there should be a trigger to bring back your character to the present. For example, say your character is remembering how his friend died. You can have the sound of rain outside in the present at the end of the flashback scene.

Keep the flashback brief

Chances are you are using flashback to get across one important point. Therefore, cut it down to its important moments. If readers have to read many pages of backstory, they will not understand why you didn’t just include the flashback into the longer time frame of the novel.




The Road to Creating a Good Story

The Road to Creating a Good Story

Do you know how to create a good story? Today I will take you through the process of creating one. Before we begin, you should know what a story is.

To keep it simple, a story is what happens to a character.. For example, the following is a story of what is happening to a character I have just created:

Irene lives in London with her boyfriend. She has recently noticed that her boyfriend is cheating on her and she has decided to kill him and commit suicide. After all, life has become meaningless. To her, days no longer bring joy and laughter, but pain and suffering.

After knowing what a story is, you should know how to create a plot. A plot is how the story happens. It is a foundation of a story which the settings and characters are built around. A good plot must organize events and information in a logical manner. It should have clear motivation, a clear structure, an outcome and subplots.

To create good stories, you must exercise regularly. All people have ideas but only a few can turn them into stories. Therefore, exercising regularly help writers to get their stories started. Writers should think of the exercises as breakfasts that people take each morning before they go to work.





Characteristics of Successful Creative Writers

Characteristics of Successful Creative Writers

Last week I wrote an article about the daily routines of successful writers. My argument was that almost all people can do great things if they develop better daily routines. Today, I will look at some important characteristics of successful creative writers. In order to be a great writer, you need to have the following qualities:

Rich in vocabulary

No one enjoys reading the same words over and over again. By having a wide range of vocabulary, one avoids being repetitive. Writers who are rich in vocabulary always have words that perfectly fit into different situations.


A good writer should be able to communicate using simple and understandable language. Clarity enables effective communication and allow you to connect your readers with the characters in the story.

Keen to detail

Good writers should ensure they pay attention to what they are presenting and identify any grammatical errors that may be in their work.

Passion for reading

A good writer is one who can be able to read widely. Writers who read extensively understand bolts and nuts of writing (such as tone, syntax, framing, etc.)

Open to Changes

A good writer does not give a deaf ear to any suggestions that may come their way. Suggestions may inform and improve your work, making it more impressive to the reader. Being open-minded enables the writers to view their writing from a different angle and make it more appealing




The Daily Routines of Successful Writers

The Daily Routines of Successful Writers

People assume that extraordinary things are done by individuals who are blessed with natural talent, skill, and talent. Almost all people can do great things if they fully realize their potential. Many of us are capable of providing much more than we normally produce. If you want to pull that potential out of yourself, develop better daily routines. Here are three daily routines of successful writers:

E.B. White:

According to E.B. White, a writer who waits for the best conditions under which to write will meet his death without putting a word on paper. E.B. White does not listen to music when working. He writes regularly and work fairy well among usual distractions.

Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami believes that repetition is an important thing. When he is in writing mode for a novel, he gets up at 4 a.m. and work for 5-6 hours. He keeps to this routine every day without variation. Holding to such repetition for a long period requires a good amount of physical and mental strength.

Ernest Hemingway

When working on a story or a book, Ernest Hemingway writes every morning. At that time, there is no one to disturb him. It might be cold or cool when you sit on your chair in the morning, but it gets warm as you write.




How Creative Writers Make Money

How Creative Writers Make Money

Do you know that you can make a living as a creative writer? If you want to make a living from creative writing, here are three ways to make some money:

Sell e-books

Creative writers can make money by writing books and selling them online. Industry watchers predict that by next year, e-book revenues will reach more than $8 billion per year. One of the easiest ways to sell e-books is to work through a third-party site like Amazon.

Become a speaker

If you write about social issues, you may get a gig as a speaker. A keynote speaker make about $500 to $3,000 per hour. Becoming a professional keynote speaker takes a few years. To build up you stage legs, give readings, teach small classes, and do small talks for free.

Host organized events or give readings

If you are a poet, you can earn money through your readings. During events, sell books in the back of the room. Depending on your rates and the size of your audience, you can earn a lot of dollars in a single night.