Posts Tagged ‘creative writing’

How I Write

I write my words with silent awe

Breaking out of my quiet zone

Amid clustered, worrying thoughts

That tend to block the writing flow

I persist without pen or paper

Choosing carefully;

Erasing some and adding some

Till satisfied that they feel right and sound right

 

I write with care for the one who will read

We’re a little connected through this thread of words

We like to read and ponder text

And sometimes recite aloud to another who will listen

We don’t get tired or bored or sad

We just keep moving when we see no end

 

Life for us is made up of words

Not the whole of it, really

But a good bit of it

So whenever I write, it has to feel right

So that when you read, you will know what I feel.

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Using Quotes in Your Writing

Quotes are like spices in a dish for the writer; they flavor an article and make it more enjoyable for the reader. Since reading is an exercise that most people find a bit hard to pursue and keep up for a period of time, writing articles that provide an extra zing can make a big difference and quotes are able to do just that.

I love quotes and once in a while I like to use them to spice up my own writing. There are thousands of them on numerous subjects, so all you need to do is to find the one that is appropriate for your piece. Always make sure that the quote you choose is relevant to your subject otherwise it will just turn out to be a rude interruption in the eyes of your reader. Remember that your reader is a prize treasure you wouldn’t want to disappoint.

 

Quotes are short sentences or phrases that other people have said and recorded on various subjects. They belong to somebody else but give added value to your piece, like when you want to emphasize a point, introduce humor or launch a new topic. Their value lies in the quick insight they provide into different ways of looking at things and thinking about them. For instance, quotes on love provide us with insights into how people conceive of love, which helps us write more about the subject of love. Quotes can therefore provide you with new ideas about what to write as well as new perspectives. If you ever have a problem getting started on a new topic, simply Google ‘quotes on the subject’ and you may just find new inspiration or a starting point at least.

 

When using quotes, remember that you are borrowing someone else’s words so make them stand out from what you have said (e.g. using italics) and ensure you give credit to the person by indicating who said it. Do not congest your writing with quotes, though, as much as it is a beautiful technique to apply. Use them sparingly but correctly positioned in the text so as to get the most mileage out of them. They usually work well at the beginning of the article to introduce your thought process or at the end when you want to leave the reader with something to ponder about.

 

On that note, I came across the following quote on the subject of creative writing. Most of the time we writers want to give people what they want to read; how about giving people what we want to say and quit worrying about what they think?

 

Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. ~ Barbara Kingsolver

Your Personal Writing

Writing is a process – a journey into a world where sometimes the end is not very clear at the beginning but you have to write anyway. Sometimes it’s hard, sometimes it’s easy but you have to keep at it if you really want to become a good writer. The best writers usually do one thing; they write and keep on writing, and they don’t give up. Quality is more important than quantity.
Your writing must have value and that is usually found in the eyes of the reader. Think about excellence and style. Develop your own style and avoid aping someone else’s. As a beginner on the path of writing start with simple exercises. Don’t overstrain yourself with difficult subjects or complex ideas. For instance, write a paragraph of your thoughts every morning. Don’t worry about whether it makes sense or not. The idea is to keep the writing flame going till you can develop something more interesting. Build on this and work your way towards a whole page then two pages and so on. This particular exercise helps to develop your ability to communicate honestly from your heart. Write whatever comes into your head and don’t despise it; it could be good material for future use. Focus more on the process not the product.

How has your experience been with your own writing? Keep me informed via the comment box.

Cheers!

I Must Write

I write as I must
I write because I must write
I cannot wait till tomorrow – will be too late

Tender shoots springing up cannot be ignored
The strains of words I hear must grow louder
Till the notes and poems are brought to life

I cling to new indelible thoughts
I hold fast passing waves of notions
I prod the swollen stream of ideas
That burst open soon as I will to write

The shores of my intellect teem
With graceful curvature of verse upon verse,
Totally free and green
Decked with wonderful inspiration;
Comforting and uplifting.

I therefore must write, if not for myself,
To produce new thoughts as fresh fruits of a tree;
Then at least to complement the voices of other writers
Welling up in this wide ocean of creative writing.

Night Writer

I write often in the night (my juices seem to flow better then) and really enjoy the quietness that gives me a chance to ponder words, phrases and meaning without interruption. Here is a piece I got at such a time. Enjoy!

I write in the strange hours of night
When sleep eludes my poor eyelids
And dreams disturb my sleepless mind
Rummaging the box of my sub-conscious side

I wake up steeped with heavy thoughts
Of what to write and what to scribe
Hunger knots my stomach, though
But still I push myself to write

I scribble words and launch half sentence
Scurrying through my conscious side
“I’m now alert enough,” I think
To pen a word afore I sleep.

Thinking Writer II

Writing and thinking go hand-in-hand; one does not come before the other. On the contrary, they are like partners and each serves the other. Writing is an exercise that enables you to find out what you are thinking, and at the same time, your thinking plays the role of shaping your writing and defining its content. William Zinsser, an American writer, editor and teacher, puts it simply: “Writing is thinking on paper.” I couldn’t agree more!

Remember in school how it was so important to write notes in class, even though sometimes it felt easier to just sit and listen without writing? It’s because writing serves as reserve storage for what you have imbibed into your memory in the course of learning. The process of writing ensures that important points stick onto your memory and not only that, they become clearer. Noting down things on a piece of paper or notebook has always been known to aid memory.

Think of writing as a complimentary resource to your brain that facilitates deeper thought and helps clarify what is already brewing in the subconscious.

My writing mentor teaches that writing is basically a journey that has to begin somewhere but can end anywhere. This happens often when searching for some material to write about; you begin with one thought then as you continue writing, different ideas linked to the one you started with begin to pop up and look more promising. For instance, if I look outside my window now I see a large avocado tree with big leaves. I may begin to describe the tree physically but when I get to describing its fruit I realize there is more to write about the avocado itself. In the process of describing the avocado, I remember its health and nutritional values and finally that becomes my topic. In this exercise my thinking and writing are aiding one another and contributing to the finished product, an essay on the benefits of eating avocado.