You'll also find links to more creative writing prompts at the bottom of the page. "I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the lessons and feel they were very helpful in introducing new ideas and perspectives to my writing.
Any of these ideas can be used either humorously or dramatically... I am sure I will go back frequently to review them for reference during many of my future writing projects. " - Jenny Jacks "It was a nice journey for me to be able to write in answer to your e-mail lessons.
I don't have a lot of time to write, working two jobs, but I am doing the ten-minute exercise with each lesson, and each evening, trying to get in the habit of sitting myself down to write...
When we teach writers how to write a novel or a memoir, we emphasise how crucial theme is in the process.
A theme may be exemplified by the actions, utterances, or thoughts of a character in a novel.
An example of this would be the thematic idea of loneliness in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, wherein many of the characters seem to be lonely.If you understand your plot, the parts your characters, especially the protagonist and the antagonist, play in the story, and the effects this plot will have on your characters’ lives, you will find the meaning of your story. We must not forget the miracle of story-telling, and why it is a miracle in the first place: it communicates ideas and life lessons taught through the dramas of the author’s imagination.It lets the reader play along with the pain of the plot and the climax, giving her a chance to gain insight without actually experiencing the losses herself.In this case, the theme often emerges as the moral of the story.A strong, well-defined theme enables the reader to see the deeper meaning in your story and the intention behind your own motivation for writing it.There is something I found quite startling, though.Have any of you read Stephen King’s Memoir on the Craft? There is a chapter in which he emphasizes writing the story BEFORE thinking of the theme, or the central idea. You go back and emphasize the idea subtly, but purposefully. Not only do you destroy the possibility of making the theme too obvious (and thus hackneyed), you allow it to manifest itself subconsciously through the characters rather than consciously. Any opinions regarding this method, possible improvements?This exercise helps you loosen up your creativity, which often becomes clogged if you become frustrated. Very often, writer's block is caused by an author trying to take the story in a direction it doesn't want to go.After you have done this, go back to the document containing the story you feel blocked on, and read the most recent chapter over, up to where you got stuck. Try writing in different ideas, even crazy ones, until one works.Its seeming message is that the world is deterministic: that things only could have happened in one way, and that the future already is predetermined.But given the anti-war tone of the story, the message perhaps is on the contrary, that things could have been different.