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Enjoying lunch al fresco earlier today with a writer friend, I mentioned I had the blog to write for WA. She asked what I was going to pen to which I replied 'not sure - only remembered it was down to me just before you arrived!'

A this juncture, and you may think I've lost the plot, an army of tiny honey ants surrounded a dead wasp and began the long haul to their nest. What's this got to do with the blog? Well, we were both struck by the amazing action plan and subsequent productiveness of this mini army which led me to comment on my own lack of productivity. My friend said, 'there's your blog', referring to the remarkable feat of the creatures at our feet.

Now I could get a creative story out of that but… for the blog?

We began chatting about writing generally and what constitutes creative writing. Later, I took a look online and found some interesting articles on the subject.

In brief, Wikipedia defines creative writing as any writing that goes outside the bounds of professional, journalistic, academic, or technical forms of literature, typically identified by an emphasis on narrative craft, character development. Both fictional and non-fictional works fall into this category. Creative writing can technically be considered any writing of original composition.

Witty and LaBrant determine:

creative writing is a composition of any type of writing at any time primarily in the service of such needs as

1. the need for keeping records of significant experience.

2. the need for sharing experience with an interested group, and

3. the need for free individual expression which contributes to mental and physical health.

The following factions are generally cited as elements of creative writing - suspense and conflict, figures of speech and points of view, rhyme and rhythm, setting and scene, form and structure, diction and dialogue, exposition and narration, plot and theme, assonance and consonance, induction and deduction, line breaks and stanzas.

See also the Seven Elements of Fiction

A piece of creative writing can be achieved in any of the following forms:

  • Poetry.
  • Plays.
  • Movie and television scripts.
  • Fiction (novels, novellas, and short stories)
  • Songs.
  • Speeches.
  • Memoirs.
  • Personal essays.

By chance the Authority Publishing Academy came up on my screen and I loved its blurb:

I believe there’s a writer inside of all of us.

Even if you don’t think you write well, you do have something to say.

You have a story to tell, knowledge to impart, and experiences to share.

You’ve lived a full life that’s packed with observations and adventures, and you shouldn’t exit this Earth without chronicling them in some way. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, your life is the laboratory for creating a great book or story.

To be, or not to be, prolific...
Category: Writing

Like everyone subscribing to writing sites or blogs, I get emails galore advising on ways to improve my writing, get my novel planned, started, edited, completed, and so much more.  I look at a title tempting me to believe the article holds the path to productivity.  However, my mind becomes boggled quite easily once I start to read the myriad words that fill the screen. Woe betides if I succumb to opening another missive, which I do of course, before digesting the content of the first. The promise of the titles is endless - How to…/Ridiculously Easy Steps/Make a Good Story Great - the list is endless.

Now I'm not saying there is not good advice in many of the topics but I find searching out the bits that are relative to my needs, a bit of a minefield. So much so I tend to abandon the articles, unable to see the wood for the trees.

Am I alone in this?

Having gone through a sparse writing period, I have printed out a few 'help' topics. My thinking is that if I can read paper copies at my leisure, I may absorb more of the content. In addition, physically marking areas that I feel may help me give my writing a boost and create a structure with which I'm happy, will cement the ideas.

Well, that's the plan!

The Reader’s Brain: How Neuroscience Can Make You a Better Writer (Cambridge University Press, 2015) sounds fascinating and the snippets I have read make a lot of sense. Is it worth me purchasing? Will I be able to practise any of what it preaches? Or will I react to the extensive content with the same trepidation as those articles that multiply daily?

Somewhere in the pages, I may find the answer to that last question. It might explain why I can't focus my mind, establish my own path, and move forward from my current stalemate.

There's a story here…
Category: Writing

I have been mulling over ideas for a few competitions with closing dates April/May. I must confess the muse has been somewhat absent. Also, a thread for my blog was less than forthcoming. That is until half an hour ago around 11.30 p.m.

Picture the scene. A front door is unlocked, there is no answer to the person shouting a woman's name. Unusually, the outside garage light is on and light is also shining from the inside. The caller walks through the kitchen and pushes the lounge door which is ajar. A table lamp gives dim light. The name is called again toward a woman lying on a settee at the back of the room. There is no movement. A glance shows a red stain on the floor. Horror! A gentle nudge and the woman tries to sit up. An exhalation of breath in relief. She is in a disoriented state and can't form her words. No blood can be seen on her. Where did it come from? Another attempt to speak. The woman is drunk. On the side table is a half finished tumbler of whisky. The blood? Red wine.

This was my night people. Said lady got home today, picked up by my husband and me. At duty free she must have bought the alcohol and true to form, drank it.

I will now worry all night as the neighbour's house is open to intrusion. We could not lock up as it would mean locking her in - too dangerous. There is no letterbox enabling the keys to be posted back inside and the neighbourhood watch gentleman who holds a spare set of her keys is in the UK. I must ask her for at least a front door key tomorrow - I need sleep and I know I'll not get much tonight. 

This was not the first time, and won't be the last, but never had the scare of 'blood' before.

I don't know why I have not used some of the drink related scenarios that we have dealt with in my writing but watch this space because I think this is going to be the first.

What do you think WA members?

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