Three Creative Writing Tips and Ideas

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Three Creative Writing Tips and Ideas

By Sabrina with special thanks to @TheAbeng #TheAbeng
copyright 2016

Before you begin to write, three things to consider are:

I.) How To Choose and Create A Topic: Your topic, or subject is what you are writing about. When you decide on a topic or subject, it is important to narrow a broad idea and to find and focus on an angle that interest you. Here are some questions to ask yourself that may help you.

*What special or first-hand knowledge do I have about this topic or subject?
*How do the sub-topics relate to me? How are they relevant?
*What aspect of the topic or subject affect me most deeply? Which are the parts that move me?

II.) Writing For An Audience: Your audience is your intended reader. It is important to identify a specific audience and adopt your tone and vocabulary that will more readily connect with them. Here are some questions to ask yourself that will help you define and establish your audience.

*Who will most likely read my writing?
*What does my audience know about my topic or subject?
*What information will my audience most likely want or expect to gain?
*Will formal or informal language be more effective in reaching this audience?
*How should I adjust my vocabulary to appeal to my audience?
*What tone should I use to best connect with my audience?

III.) Writing With Purpose: Your purpose is the reason you are writing about the specific topic or subject. You can have more than one purpose (example: a general purpose and a specific purpose; to entertain and to instruct). When defining your purpose, ask yourself:

*What are my overall goals in writing on this subject? What am I trying to achieve?
*Am I writing to entertain?
*Am I writing to persuade?… Do I intend to convince my reader my viewpoint/perspective is the correct one?
*Am I writing to inform or am I writing to instruct my readers?

 

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Chicken Little And The Carrion Crow

Street Literature (Chicken Little And The Carrion Crow)

Chicken Little and The Carrion Crow (Introducing An Urban Story)

Copyright K. Omodele  2016

First published on The Abeng and My Conscious Pen in March 2016 (http://consciouspen.blogspot.com/2016/03/street-literature-chicken-little-and.html#.WEDDtNIrKM8)

Let me tell you ’bout things the way I see them. You go through life forever lonely, ever alert and aware of your surroundings, all while searching for something to make the Harshness bearable. Y’see, there’s this everlasting gloom hovering all around me, a constant heaviness, a steady uneasiness I feel every single living day as I trod over the hills and through the valleys, the gutters and the alleys of my life. It’s the overwhelming realization that, no matter how much sun is shining right here, right now, sooner or later something bad going drop on my head. Short Man say I too damn pessimistic, so now my whole crew call me Chicken Little.

I don’t always know the precise hour or the minute this Harshness going wake up, shake up and drop the hammer; don’t even know the fullness of the chaos it going bring; but as sure as dusk and dawn and death, it going come. If you don’t believe nothing else in the world; believe that! Me? I just keep praying the next time it swoop down it don’t bring about my total destruction and absolute demise.

Yeah, I have moments when I’m enjoying meself, like when basking in that warm, catch-breath afterglow with a woman- you know how! But then, even times like these still be haunting to me because I know deep down in my heart and soul that the Harshness right there, somewhere, maybe right outside the Marriott room door, waiting. It lingering, lurking, looming, ready to flap down like some dutty ole crow. So, all when I’m palavering and laughing, sipping two stout with me friend, in the depths of my conscience I expecting something worse. That’s why come Chicken Little forever keep gun closer than skin and bone.

I want you understand this, the Harshness is our judgment ‘pon de earth. All the world’s injustices and conflicts and mischief feed it. It carnivals in vanity and greedy tendencies, in all a we pillaging and we plundering. Is a executioner and when it descends, expect repayment tenfold; whether it dive down with viciousness or glide down, slow and deliberate, wings cocked back, more dreadful and imposing than Armageddon.

It’s always there. Waiting.

Like the night Short Man got wet up* in a reggae dancehall called Turntable back in the days when crack was king and D.C. was murder capital. I could feel it in the air, ‘midst all a we Moet Chandon-ing and indica burning…

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