At the first seminar we discussed Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Drama, Essay-writing, and Poetry. Below you will find some tips to writing within these genres!
When writing fiction, you are the creator of the elements of literature:
- Setting: Where and when does the story take place?
- Characters: Who is in the story?
- Plot: What happens in the story? (the ACTION)
- Conflict: What is the problem? (what brings INTEREST)
- Resolution: How is the problem solved? (the CONCLUSION
- Does the author give a clear view of the characters in the story?
- Can you hear the story being told?
- Does the author use engaging language
- Point of view
- Who is the speaker in the story? If it is in the third person, does the speaker know the thoughts of all characters [omniscient] or just one [limited omniscient]?
- First person=I
- Second person=you
- Third person=he, she
- What is the central idea or message?
- Is the theme something people can relate to?
- Word choice
- What language does the author use?
- Does the language fit with the theme and characters?
1) Tell the truth (as best you can); do a little research if you need to!
2) Tell a strong story; don’t forget about important things like character development and conflict.
3) Don’t just report facts; show rather than tell.
4) Make it matter to others; don’t forget the “So What?”
5) Show yourself and share; include your own reflections about the event/story.
6) Write well; be thoughtful about your writing style and choose creative and colorful language.
Essays: (tipping over essays)
– Create a strong and original theme statement that tells readers something they don’t already know.
– Choose and use a type of essay and a a structure that supports your purpose.
– Develop and support your theme with vivid and specific examples.
– Draw readers in with a good hook and maintain their interest with voice and attention to style.
Drama: (a story through conversation and stage)
– Write your script with holes in it – let the stage fill the gaps in for you.
– The stage has its own life. Learning to thrive within its creative power means letting go of some control.
– Always leave the audience wanting more.
– Performance is a tool for writing drafts and making revisions (sometimes very rapidly).
– Your first audience will be the people who must then complete your work – the cast.
Poetry: (Poetic Laws, Space vs. Story)
- When writing, pay more attention to the moment (the essence of feeling) than the story that made the moment.
- Create a space.
- Give a glimpse of what makes your space so
- Say something without saying anything at all
- Make your own rules and then figure out how to break them
- Choose your punctuation and line structure wisely
- Play with where words belong on a page (poetry is not confined to one side of the page)
- Do not rhyme just for the sake of rhyming. Have a purpose and reason to rhyme
- In Poetry, grammar is not a god