So, I decided to make a weekly post, here on WritersLIfesWork. I give to you;
Today is all about, some of the incredible writing tools, and there’s a certain one I have come to know, is greatly important. So, here’s my ideas and mind of why Creative Writing is so important.
1; Bring People Into The Story, Instead of TELLING Them What’s Going On!
Creative Writing gives your stories a whole new view and other aspects, otherwise you have a written piece; where people can see what is playing out in the story, but you want them to feel the story, smell the surroundings and see a picture clear image of what’s going on. – Impossible, you might say! Well, I did so too in the beginning, how do you accomplish that?
Through, creative writing, senses and the difference between SHOWING and TELLING.
Here’s a little secret from my journey:
This is one of the first drafts for The Metanoia Phases, at the time this chapter above was written, the story was called Dragonfly, it had a whole other plot and outline, and in my opinion it was the greatest it could ever be. But, thank god I became wiser.
This page is messy, right? It’s structure is completely mixed. You have the narrative, and can somehow make out from that, what is going on. But, then you have the dialogue, there’s so many way of how I could tell you why this is wrong, but I will minumize that. First, it says who is saying the line, before you even read it, (the only time this makes any sense, is if you’re writing a movie manuscript) and I think I will even go with a different angle to it. Second; we see what the person is say, but we have no way of knowing what there person feels while saying it, or what plays around that. This is a clear example of TELLING!
Back when this was written, my girlfriend told me that, it looked weird and didn’t make any sense, and honestly I got upset, because this was my “biggest” work, and I loved the way it was. But, that was only because I wrote it, and I knew what they person saying the words felt, and what happened around it, but the reader didn’t. Sitting here so many years later, I am happy that she said something, because I learn along the way, that she was right and that was okay, I didn’t suck, I had potential to become even better.
2; Ask For Honesty.
So, I changed a lot of my work, and skipped the dialogue tags, in the way they were above, and I asked a friend to read through it, and I told him to be completely honest, and he was. He read two chapters, and told me that the ideas and characters were great, but there was still something missing. Did, my soul sigh at this point, I think So! But, I wanted my work to be amazing, and affect people, instead of just painting them a picture. He gave me a tool, that changed my writing, my voice and everything about writing for me. I will share this with you, later on.
3; Mix Showing and Telling.
You will come across many people who will advice you to skip TELLING completely, but it will become a heavy load of intense words if you skip out the entire telling, you need the show narrative and make that interact with the story. But, when you are painting a picture, you need to mix SHOW and TELL. It takes a lot of work and practice, but once you conquer that, you have amazing tools for future works, and will stand out as a true professional.
Here’s an example:
The moon was shining, and the rain had just stopped.
Ask yourself what is wrong with this line. What does it TELL us, it tell us that the moon is shining, so we can merely picture a shining moon, and then it tells us that the rain had stopped. Yeah, that’s all fine, but what is it missing? It doesn’t settle any mood, or clear picture, don’t TELL that the moon is shining, SHOW IT!
The rain had stopped, and the cloudy full moon had appeared, sending a faded light through the window, casting a glow on the blank piano surface.
Now this is a line that shows us something. When I read this, a picture is created in my mind, of a beautiful black blank piano, and I almost feel blinded by the reflecting light on it. I sense the lightness in the air, after rain, and a cozy and serene mood is settling over me, and I believe this is the magic of SHOWING.
The blank page is your canvas, and your fingers are the brush, and senses are the magic colors to create an amazing story. The senses, are one of the best tools in Creative Writing, to give the reader an idea of what is played out. Before you make a scene, ask yourself these questions;
- How does it look?
- How does it smell?
- How does it feel?
- How does it taste?
- What can you hear?
How does it look; The cloudy full moon had appeared, sending a faded light through the window, casting a glow on the blank piano surface. – You have the picture painted of what you see.
How does it smell; The tea was still standing on the coffee table, not so steaming anymore. – Almost everybody, can tell what tea smells like, the sweet, herbal ish smell, so you get an idea of what it smells like in the scene.
How does it feel; giving me peace of mind and heart. – So, with what is going on, you get the idea of how the person feels like, kind of feeling what they feel.
How does it taste; In any case the tasting is tricky, because it isn’t always the case, that you are actually tasting, if the person was sipping at the tea, that case of course would be different.
What can you hear; Quiet whisper, small child laughter, and piano tunes mixed together in a perfect combination of peace. – You hear the whisper, and the laughter, and then mixed with the incredible play of the piano.
Any reader will of course always make out their interpretation of what it sounds, feels, smells and tastes like, and what they see. But play with these origins of Senses, and you can create written magic;
Quiet whisper, small child laughter, and piano tunes mixed together in a perfect combination of peace, giving me peace of mind and heart. A few hours passed before any of us noticed, that the rain had stopped, and the cloudy full moon had appeared, sending a faded light through the window, casting a glow on the blank piano surface. The tea was still standing on the coffee table, not so steaming anymore.
In my opinion the hardest tool of Creative Writing to manage. But, with sounds and what plays out around in the scene, you might be able to bring motion to the story.
I try to use the motion, to bring elements to life; Like rippling, surging and burbling of water, kind of bringing a still object of water into movement by the sounds. Or fire; The crackled and dance of flames, you hear and see how the fire plays out in motion. It’s a hard tool to master, but the only way to create progress, is simply by doing!
I hope these Creative tips were helpful. Here’s the thing that changed my life, my writing and the way I see Creative Writing.