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Creative Writing 101 | A beginner’s guide to creative writing

Creative writing 101


The word creative is defined in various ways. The following are just some of the definitions:
“The ability to create”
“Productive and imaginative”
“Characterised by expressiveness and originality”

Creative writing is often defined as the writing of fiction, where the author creates events, scenes and characters, sometimes even a world
Creative writing is anything where the purpose is to express thoughts, feelings and emotions rather than to simply convey information.
Creative writing is any form of writing which is written with the creativity of mind: fiction writing, poetry writing, creative nonfiction writing and more.
Both fictional and nonfictional works fall into this category, including such forms as novels,biographies,short stories, and poems.
The purpose is to express something, whether it be feelings, thoughts, or emotions.
Rather than only giving information or inciting the reader to make an action beneficial to the writer, creative writing is written to entertain or educate someone, to spread awareness about something or someone, or to express one’s thoughts.
The purpose of creative writing is to both entertain and share human experience, like love or loss.
Writers attempt to get at a truth about humanity through poetics and storytelling.
If you’d like to try your hand at creative writing, just keep in mind that whether you are trying to express a feeling or a thought, the first step is to use your imagination.
Note: “Creativity is inspired by reality” – wordsmithpraise
Thus, you can only be creative having seen a couple things around. Ideas doesn’t fall from the sky. Something has to ignite it.

Types of creative writing include:

*.Movie and television scripts
*.Fiction (novels, novellas, and short stories)
*.Personal essays
As you can see, some nonfiction types of writing can also be considered creative writing.
 Memoirs and personal essays, for example, can be written creatively to inform your readers about your life in an expressive way.
Because these types are written in first person, it’s easier for them to be creative.
Eg. You’d read a Short story that begins with “I”..
“I got expelled from school” instead of “Sade got expelled from school”

Techniques used in creative writing include:

*.Character development
*.Plot development
*.Vivid setting
*.Underlying theme
*.Point of view
*.Metaphors and similes
*.Imaginative language
*.Emotional appeal
*.Heavy description.

Examples of Creative Writing

1.Poetry and Songs

A poem or a song tends to be more elusive, or mysterious, because it has limited space. Because of its spatial limitations, however, it canmake leaps in subject and time, and it doesn’t have to rely on narrative structure. 
In poetry and songs, literary devices, like similes and metaphors, can be used to take the readers to surprising places.
I used to love you but that was then,
Before I told you how I felt,
Before you made my heart melt,
After I told you I love you,
After I turned snow into dew.
The goal of the poem is to express one’s feelings and enable the reader imagine how the writer feels.

2.0 Fiction and Plays

A novel or a play, on the other hand, has plenty of time to unfold. Therefore, fiction usually contains plot and character development. 
As a creative writer, you want your story to captivate readers. You also want to create a relationship between the readers and the characters. 
This requires both physical and emotional details so that readers will empathize with the action and whatever pain or pleasure the characters undergo.
A storyteller’s narrative is designed to express the storyteller’s feelings about some aspect of life, and to engage the reader in those feelings.
A poet uses events, images and people to deliver concentrated emotion.
 Dramatists and screen writers convey and stir emotions through action and dialogue.
Furthermore, Even when we write fiction, we are dealing with reality as we know it.
 Fictional does not mean false. It takes our reality, or parts of it, and shows it to us in new ways.
It makes the familiar unfamiliar, and takes us into parts of reality, making us take the time (because we read much slower than we think or see) to see it’s complexity, beauty and pain.
Even fantasy fiction and science fiction, which give us totally created worlds, are based on elements of reality, and are therefore recognisable and believable.
Therefore, when we write creatively, it doesn’t matter whether we are writing fiction or non-fiction.
What matters is that we are sharing experiences and emotions with the reader and, for a while at least, leading them towards a particular point of view.
Want more writing tips?
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Or contact me for private lessons.
Thanks for reading..
Written by Wordsmithpraise.

About Praise

Praise Osawaru is a writer, (performance) poet, content developer and entrepreneur-in-training. His works have appeared/forthcoming in African Writer, Black Youth, Kreative Diadem, Ngiga Review, Nantygreens, SprinNG, Praxis Magazine and Writers Space Africa. He was longlisted for African Writers Award 2019 and Shortlisted for The Zi Prize 2019. He enjoys reading books, listening to good music, and binge-watching series on Netflix when he isn't over-worrying about University life. Say hello on Instagram/Twitter: @wordsmithpraise

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