Writing is a form of art that allows for diverse ways of expressing thoughts and feelings. It can be used to shed light on a particular topic, tell a story, compose a poem, or even create a mood or vibe through music. Writing is a form of self-reflection and a way for the artist to process their thoughts and feelings. The aim of this blog post is to give you some tips on how to make your writing more creative and original, while still following the general structure of a traditional essay.
Start With A Plot
The starting point of any story, novel, or poem is the plot. This is the framework that the author establishes, and it serves as the structure for the entire piece. The plot is often the inciting incident or beginning events that eventually lead to the resolution of the story. In a novel, the plot will establish the sequence of events that take place over the course of the story, as well as the relationships that develop between the various characters.
In crafting a plot, it is important to keep the reader interested. Inciting incidents and events that are overly dramatic, surprising, or unbelievable will likely cause the reader to put the book down and/or not finish it. It is also important to avoid creating a plot that is too simplistic because it will lack depth and make the story predictable. A plot that is too complex can also cause the author to lose sight of the story, and in turn, make it difficult to write the piece objectively – the very thing that makes for a good plot.
Develop Character Studies
People are the center of any story, whether it’s historical, mythological, or even fictional. The author will typically portray the people in their story in a manner that is consistent with the culture and time period in which they exist. This means that the writer will give the reader a solid background on the types of people that they will encounter, as well as the society or setting in which these characters will operate. It is also important to develop some characteristics, as well as the motivations and desires of your main characters.
For example, in The Great Gatsby, the author takes a character-driven approach to the story and development of his main characters, Nick Carraway and Jordan Catalano. Carraway is a classic observer character, a sophisticated man who sees the world through a prism of class and money. He constantly compares himself to the wealthy and fashionable people he meets on his travels around the world. It is because of this trait that the reader can identify with Carraway, even though he is an objective third party. Nick is presented as a man of the world who has traveled extensively in Europe and the Middle East and has an intimate knowledge of the way people behave and the way societies work. He is a worldly man who is most at home in his ivory tower, a place where he can analyze and figure out life’s mysteries. Although Carraway is a character that the reader can relate to on a personal level, his development in the story is what makes the story compelling. Carraway’s initial skepticism slowly gives way as the story progresses, and he comes to trust and even love the impulsive and free spirited Jordan.
Even in the most famous works of fiction, the author will often give the reader a glimpse into the characters’ psychology and the forces driving them. This element is what differentiates the work from pure entertainment and allows the reader to feel as though they are more than just an audience member.
Make Use Of The Enjunction
The juncture is the point at which two distinct ideas or topics come together. In creative writing, the junction is used to create a connection between two otherwise unconnected ideas or events. For example, in the opening paragraph of his short story, “The Juncture,” by John Cheever, the author states:
“It was a cool day in early spring, and the juncture of the warm day and the cool day seemed appropriate enough for a man to doff his coat and walk the sunny streets and inhale the sweet air.”
The writer immediately establishes the connection between the warmth of the day and the desire to remove one’s coat, as well as the cool breeze that is coming off the water and the relief that one feels from removing one’s jacket.
The point is not that the writer is literally changing clothes with the breeze, although the reference to Cheever’s beautiful prose does bring the image of a cool breeze rustling through the jacket of a man walking through the streets of paradise into the mind of the reader. The point is that the writer is creating a direct correlation between the events of the day and the impulse to shrug off one’s jacket. This is a perfect example of how the junction is used, as the two ideas or topics before the junction were very much disconnected. A cool breeze off the water does not necessarily lead one to remove one’s jacket, and walking the streets of paradise does not necessarily cause one to feel an urge to take off one’s jacket. Nonetheless, walking the streets of paradise in the cool breeze is what brings us the pleasure of this scene in the first place..
Keep It Vague
In creative writing, as well as in life, details matter. However, sometimes there are certain details that one does not need to know, in order to follow the storyline and understand what is happening. Details such as the color of the sky, the weight of the baggage, or the make and model of a car will typically not be described in great detail, as these are all things that the reader will pick up on as they go along. The author needs to retain some vagueness, as specific details will often arise as the story progresses, causing the author to either contradict themselves or have the characters speak in a way that is unclear, due to the abundance of details that were previously used to describe the setting or situation. The reader will often have to piece together events and information from different scenes, as the author will have neglected to give sufficient details in previous paragraphs, causing considerable suspense and often a feeling of confusion. In general, it is preferable to give some details, while keeping others vague, as detailed descriptions can often hinder the writer in their attempts to keep the story vague, as they will have to stop and go into great detail about everything – an exhausting process that can easily turn into a narrative mess.
Use Music To Create Mood
Writing is a form of art that allows for diverse ways of expressing thoughts and feelings. It can be used to shed light on a particular topic, tell a story, compose a poem, or even create a mood or vibe through music. Music is an important tool in the arsenal of any writer, as it can be used to define characters and bring scenes to life. It can also be used to build tension or suspense, create a sense of urgency or danger, or even calm an erratic mood – all depending on the artist and the specific situation. In most cases, it is best to use music to create mood rather than to directly describe the events that are taking place, as it can be difficult to write descriptively while also maintaining the flow of the music. Using music to create mood allows the author to take a more artistic approach in their writing, as they have the leeway to be a bit more experimental and creative while still conforming to the basic framework of a traditional essay.
All The Details – Research, Timing, And Revision
As previously stated, in creative writing, as well as in life, details matter. However, sometimes there are certain details that one does not need to know, in order to follow the storyline and understand what is happening. There is no substitute for thorough research, as it is often the details that are gleaned from extensive research that make or break a story. For example, in the case of The Great Gatsby, the author needed to do an incredible amount of research in order to properly chronicle the historical figures that he depicts, as well as the time period in which they live. This is evident in Gatsby, as the events of the novel take place in the roaring ‘20s, an era of great excess and fabulous lifestyles that have forever been immortalized in literature. The author needed to do extensive research in order to ensure that his story was historically accurate, as well as to give it the authenticity that comes from detailed research and accurate time frames. In most cases, it is best to do extensive research and take your time in order to craft a work that is both historically accurate and creative.