Teaching Writing Creatively
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Teaching Writing Creatively

Introduction

This article will do two things: one; capture your imagination and have you thinking introspectively, and two; challenge you to be brave and real about your ability to write without fear and bias. Trust me on this! I am about to reveal the true and nauseating fact about why we often fall short in writing our best, and why we fail to captivate our passions and emotions to share effectively with our readers.

Passion

To be passionate about something or someone, is to possess with distinction an intense gut wrenching enthusiasm and barely uncontrollable desire to suffer if need be for the survival, and ascendency of that person or thing. Therefore, the first question we must ask ourselves is this; are we truly passionate about writing? To answer this, we must look at the following points: If it is something you like to do, if it is a hobby that takes some of your time but just, if it does not wake you up in the middle of the night, if it cannot entice you to leave your favorite dish to take a note, if it does not make you restless until your idea is given birth, if it doesn't challenge you to meet the demands of an audience, if you don't have an eager anticipation to pen your next article, if it doesn't burn within like conviction and leaves you wondering, then believe me, you are not passionate about writing.

I firmly believe that true passion for the art of writing brings you to a place where all your senses are ready to accommodate the creative juices that certainly will flow from within, you cannot expect to get extraction without first applying some pressure, passion is the force that applies this pressure and brings out the thoughts and ideas we convey in our articles. Ernest Hemingway put it very succinctly in this quote: "There is nothing to writing. All you have to do is to sit at a typewriter and bleed." Find that passion my friends; search earnestly for it on the inside, and when it is found harness your juices with that passion and bleed to your heart's content.

Content

The word 'content' in it's original state (Greek:apkeo) means; to be possessed of unfailing strength, to be strong, to suffice, to be enough, to be satisfied.

The actual purpose of content in any article is to ensure that readers are satisfied and fulfilled with the information given; that it possesses strength in meeting the detailed criteria of the Subject or Header, and it is enough. In order to produce this though, one must at least possess first hand knowledge of the topic, or have the opinions of experts to work with. Your content must show the merits of time spent and facts thoroughly researched to produce quality and invoke imagination; ultimately the reader must want for more, he or she will have a story to tell after engaging in your article.

Content is the lifeblood of the article, and must express your passion about the subject matter; you will either show how much you like it or how much you have studied it. You must present different angles to the reader, always keeping in mind the fact that your audience maybe varied, and unless you are targeting a niche, your magnetism should be all encompassing to gain a wider and more avid readership. People need to feel that you are engaging them in a conversation that you know yes; but one that you are willing to share as with a friend.

Never try to come over as being to cerebral or professorial, you are not a lecturer, you are a provider of information, with the intent to build relationships and the gaining of trust from your respective readers. One of the best ways to compare your content's effectiveness is to log on to Google, and type in the subject matter you are writing on, look at the articles that are first and see how they are structured. Visit websites that present similar material, and see how the successful and popular ones are structured, then take some of that information and put your own spin on it, there is a lot to gain online if you know where to look; be diligent.

Style

In any sphere of creative writing style is paramount to the writer's ability on captivating his audience, Shakespeare, Plato, and Socrates, all had a plain and daunting style of their own, and these styles can be easily recognized because of prose, analogies, and poetic dramatization. Whether you believe it or not, whatever passes as your character and mannerism automatically flows into your writing, as a result the level of passion or emotion that you feel will always rise to the surface when you desire to express your thoughts.

The best way to impart your own style is to be true to yourself first, then convey that truth to your audience, you must show them that you are in control of the information that was written, and if asked any questions on the subject you can easily flow into it without the benefit of the article in front of you. Own the article; let it say who you are and what you believe, stamp your image on it by telling the story through your eyes; share your dreams and visions unfold your imaginative thoughts with your audience.

Never be afraid of criticism or rejection, and if your content produces any level of controversy, welcome it and stand behind what you have created. Persistence is the key, and you must stay true to what you believe and what works for you. Shakespeare quoted: "To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not be false to any man."

Finally, you must remember that no man is a island, therefore you must have people who are willing to critique your work before you publish, second opinions and neutral editing are always helpful to the finished product. Learn to entertain other people's foresight and vision, the final decision and structure is really up to you, but in so doing one should gather as much as one can from other sources. If possible court writers who have been successful, read their works look up their quotes and their commentaries, and above all this try to get an interview with them.

Don't restrict your inner feelings, let them flow and the ideas will take shape into words, look to edit only after the ideas have stopped flowing not before, you don't want to disrupt the flood. Find a quiet place where you cannot be disturbed or distracted, and tell your story to yourself first, when it's finished the world awaits and you cannot disappoint.


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