Creative Writing Tips â€“
For a theme to work and the story, which will revolve around the theme, it has to contain three thingsâ€¦
Whatâ€™s the reason for this?
If your theme doesnâ€™t contain these three essential elements, then you wonâ€™t be writing a proper short story. It might turn out to be an essay instead.
You canâ€™t achieve emotional depth. Readers become engrossed in stories because of the characters in them. They either become the character (sympathize), or read about an interesting person (empathize).
Emotional depth is achieved when readers use their imagination and senses and/or experiences to live the story through the characters.
Your story will be boring. Why? Without conflict, something to stir things up, nothing happens. And a story, in which nothing happens, is one not worth writing about.
Your characters donâ€™t lead carefree lives. Well, not in the instance you are writing about them. In that part of their lives they are faced with a problem. They want something and canâ€™t get it because of the conflict, which is preventing them to do so.
And itâ€™s that conflict and the struggle the characters has to undergo that keeps us readers interested and in suspense. Will the character succeed or wonâ€™t he? And when is this all going to happen? And how is it all going to happen?
Something that starts has to finish, one way or another.
Once you have created great characters, which the reader will come to care about, and you have placed them in conflict, that conflict at the end of your story has to be resolved. The characters will achieve their goals or they wonâ€™t.
That doesnâ€™t matter.
You can end your story as you please and as it suits your story â€“ but you have to end it. Ending the story means resolving the conflict.
Does your theme contain character, conflict, resolution?
Eight Ways To Write Better Instantly
Is it possible to improve your writing instantly? The answer, happily, is â€œyes.â€
While researching a book on famous speeches and essays, I found eight easily correctable mistakes writers often make. Here they areâ€¦and how to correct them instantly.
1. UNFOCUSED SUBJECT â€“ Focus on a single theme only. Every sentence and paragraph should reinforce that topic.
2. TOO LONG â€“ Abraham Lincoln crafted his Gettysburg Address in less than 300 words. Unless Iâ€™m specifically asked to do otherwise, I try to condense my work to one double-spaced single page (about 250 words).
3. WEAK PREMISE â€“ Can you state the major focus of your message in 20 words or less?
4. NO ATTENTION-GRABBER â€“ The first sentence or two must quickly attract the reader. Two ways to do this: (a) ask a question or (b) reveal a discovery.
5. UNLINKED PARAGRAPHS â€“ Each paragraph should logically lead to the next. One way some writers do this: (a) quickly write several paragraphs on a subject; ((b) prioritize them; (c) present them in descending order from most important to least important; (d) conclude by restating the two or three most important points.
6. PASSIVE VERBS â€“ Passive verbs like is, am, was, and were simply exist. Action verbs run, jump, excite, and motivate.
7. BORE FACTOR â€“ Some research says the average adult attention span is only eight seconds. So itâ€™s important to make your points convincingly, and end your paper powerfully.
8. WEAK ENDING â€“ Exit your report like an experienced stage performerâ€¦leave your audience wanting more. Two ways to do this: (a) use a famous quote to reinforce your conclusion, or (b) give details showing the reader where to get more information on the subject. (Examples: your phone, fax, e-mail, etc.)