The Basics of Creative Writing: The Tribune India

Ritu Rahul Rathod

A form of artistic expression, creative writing, uses the writer’s imagination to convey meaning through the use of imagery, storytelling, drama, etc., usually identified by emphasis and various literary tropes. Simply put, the term creative writing means imaginative writing or writing as art.

Proper grammar in writing is essential for credibility, readability, communication and clarity. Once established as a credible writer, you will have the freedom or “poetic license” to make stylistic choices.

While there’s no exact science to creative writing, try the following tips to help improve your creativity.

1. Read anything and everything

Read everything you find, from owned storybooks to daily publications, paying attention to the writer’s words, use of metaphors, adjectives, characters, plot, conflict in history, etc. If you come across a word you don’t understand, try guessing the meaning before consulting a dictionary, then practice using it regularly.

2. Be inspired!

Do you ask artistic questions, like what is the mute animal thinking? Why do strangers argue? Write about what you observe, hear, smell or feel! Use the words you learned earlier in your process. Analyze other writings, try to identify gaps in a story, or suggest some improvements or changes. Try to identify the most enjoyable and relevant parts of a job

3. Use write prompts to get you started

Writing prompts definitely improve your writing, inspiring you to perfect your craft. Soon you will be able to master the secrets of great creative writing like a guru! For example, write about a song and how it made you feel. You can try to create several stories from your holiday photos!

4. Use a journal or diary regularly

You can write about your goals and inspirations or a conversation with a friend. Find the journaling techniques that work for you. Try not to judge yourself!

5. Rewrite and recreate past literature

Take a popular story, like Othello or any other text and change the plot or refresh the characters so it can have a different ending or varying perspectives. For example, create a twist and think of a story where Kaa from “The Jungle Book” would change her mind.

6. Grain companies offer toys inside their box; a reward for choosing their cereal over others. If one recognizes that writing 250 words offers a reward, but watching a TV show for an hour does not, one will choose wisely, staying motivated.

7. Merge writing with your interests and joys

If you love food, write a food blog or recreate a recipe and put pen to paper, write content for a friend who has a food-related Instagram account. Associate your writing with an activity that you enjoy!

Observe the hyperbole for ‘hope’ “We shall come to life in a thousand blades of grass and a million leaves; we will fall in the raindrops and blow in the cool breeze; we’ll shine in the dew under the stars and the moon there.

The Amber Spyglass – by Philip Pullman.

creative practice

Now try to achieve the following task: select a color and try to personify it. How does your color sound and taste? Is he craving something or maybe feeling? Do you think the color moves and does it have extraterrestrial powers?

The writer is a creative writing and communications coach and founder – Moonlight Musings