Friday, 6 September 2013

How To Write Creative Literature

Good literature stands the test of time. Writers, unaware of being called creative writers cannot just stop writing at this.

Let me share about writing, not as a creative writer, but as one writer like the rest of us and one writer who earns the right to represent her own experiences in her work (Paul Horgan). Creative writing is a gift you never have to ask for, it is something embedded in your life. As you would not like the events or that gift of grieving, it happens as you write, as you live and as you work. It is there. You share a memory of that season, of that place in your heart because it haunts your brain. And when you don't do that and write about that, you feel empty or incomplete as though, it is only writing that mattered in your life and in that vocation is a responsibility, "noblesse oblige" (to act with honor).

How could you produce creative literature? Write from the heart. Write with all your soul and with all your might! Of course, you have to find out what you're good at. You make your own niche through hard labor (Sacred Wood, T.S. Eliot). While life goes on, in your time, you serve as a link, involving yourself with nursery rhymes, Shakespeare, Moby Dick, The Holy Bible, Hemingway, the writing canons, your writing professors, your co-writers, the search engines, culture and the world. The creative writer feels it, but the muse will not speak, it will write.

Often, writers will not be rich at this field, but only act as an ordinary writer or teacher. They have got nothing to flaunt, but thank those who read them. By that, they feel best and beautiful. By that, art takes place. By what they create, they change something, make more out of life and thank the Holy Creator for that gift of writing and spreading literature. Their words stay powerful in different seasons of time. Even after death they gain readers and friends, who will read and pray for them. Through their creative work, they etch lines of history and light.

Write, but don't ask for favors. Take the responsibility that goes with your work. Wait for nothing, but something of goodness for the heart. Be brave to be hanged, to be criticized or be dumped. But then, worry not, for the angels and saints are with you. Someone will proclaim about goodness from the rooftops, maybe about your words, those that ignite zeal!

As Charles Bukowski asserts of being a writer, "When it is truly time and if you have been chosen, it will do it by itself and it will keep on doing it until you die or it dies in you. There is no other way. And there never was."

Finding Inspiration For Writing Stories

We've all heard the advice-once you get done with the first book write another one. It's great advice. After all once you've finished a story, gotten through the editing, and sold it there will be people who will want to see more from you. Agents look for authors who have more than one story in them. Give enough stories or a good enough story and people remember your name and will pick up your next book based on your name alone. So even before selling your first novel writing another one is a fantastic idea.

But what happens when you just can't think of another one? What if things aren't sparking in your brain and you don't know where to turn to get that next killer idea?

People say there are ideas all around. At the grocery store. In the way a spouse or child says something. Books. Movies. But how are you supposed to take those ideas and turn them into something you can actually use?

Sure we're writers, we're creative, we let things percolate, but sometimes those fleeting ideas just aren't good enough for a real story.

At least, they aren't the way they are now. But what if you added to them? Transformed them into something that stunning?

Let's take an idea of someone walking into a grocery store, grabbing an armful of candy bars and cutting in line to get out. Is this a story?

Yes, though not a very interesting one at the moment. Other than it making you frustrated and perhaps even angry with them, no one cares that person cut in line or why they're buying candy bars.

But let's take that person and put them outside the store and then let's jump in their head. They drive up, running late for a meeting with children.

Still not that interesting.

But what if those children were refugees? Possibly from another planet? What if this was the first time they'd ever been on Earth and this person had to keep them quiet and happy so the rest of the world didn't find out about them?

That moment in the store may never get put into a book, but it can certainly spark the idea for one. All you have to do is start asking hypothetical questions. Answer them. Think about them. When you get an answer ask more questions. The story will start to take shape, whether it's Sci-fi, Fantasy, Contemporary, Romance, etc. Every person will come up with different answers to the questions and form a different story. Just don't let yourself stop asking the questions.

It's all about seeing things in a different way.