Nuances Of Creative Writing #BlogchatterWritFest

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What’s creative writing?
Creative writing places importance on building a narrative with imagination. Expressions are often used with metaphors and other literary techniques, that can be interpreted to reveal something more, so as to express the feelings and emotions of the writer, even better. Creative writing is about originality of thoughts.

Let’s learn from the experts here from #BlogchatterWritFest

Non Fiction Writing – Learnings from Aditya Sinha 

  1. Creative expressions and literary techniques can be incorporated in non fiction without straying away from facts and truth
  2. Non fiction relies on a lot of data and whose accuracy needs to be ascertained before use
  3. Non fiction writing depends a lot of relative truth while trying to come close to actual truth
  4. Non fiction need not be chronological, but be readable, accessible and unputdownable
  5. Non fiction works are primarily explanations and answers more questions of why and what
  6. Readers look to education, information and revelations in a non fiction work
  7. Non fiction comes from academics, domain experts and retired officials
  8. Journalism in part helps writing non fiction work, from the experience of collecting data

Book Editing – Learnings from Samarpita Mukherjee Sharma

  1. Initial edits can be done by authors like spell check, grammar check and making the content crisp and lucid, before seeking out an editor
  2. Editor can help with development editing as in in plot, sequence, characters, writing process, creativity, climax, finishing a story
  3. Beta reading takes about a week, deals with correcting the plot of the story, putting the storyline in proper order and in giving constructive criticism
  4. 60000 words takes a couple of weeks for the first edit and then they go back and forth, before proof reading
  5. Nonfiction or self help books is different from fiction books, since a lot of fact checking is required as an editor
  6. Editor having a working knowledge and command over the language, are best suited to correct content quality

Creative Writing – Learnings from Dipankar Mukherjee

  1. Creative writing has got four major elements like plot, characters, setting, and narration
  2. Writing from experience gives authenticity to creative work as it gets some believability
  3. Creative writing has got an 8 part story structure and conflict of character is one of its critical component
  4. Use of 5 senses is one of the best ways to go about describing a setting in a story
  5. Being observant of the surrounding helps in descriptive writing by picking the feel and the nuances; give life to non living elements and assess their impact on us
  6. In the narration a good mix of first and third person is recommended, and include the dialogues, soliloquy, and backstory

Adapting Mythology – Learnings from Anand Neelakantan

  1. The more visual story telling the more the chances of success
  2. Use of 5 senses and sounds to convey visual aspect makes story telling interesting
  3. Always tell the story of people and not events and tell the events through the eyes of the characters
  4. Bring out the 9 varieties of emotions in a book and atleast 5 varieties of emotions in a chapter
  5. The whole story depends upon the character’s point of view, be it hero or villain, and should be written without diluting the character’s thought process
  6. Besides research from various written sources, writing needs experience and exposure to oral folktales, travel, people interaction, assimilate from what you see

Building Characters – Learnings from Chitra Divakaruni

  1. It would be a better choice to discover the characters traits first and then let the characters develop naturally as the story progresses
  2. The context, the time and the environment of the character in a story guides the voice of the character
  3. It is necessary to immerse into the character’s mind, persona and life, as also gender, age and personality characteristics like mannerisms to make that character unique and unforgettable
  4. There is a need to tweak different aspects of a character to suit a genre

Art of Poetry – Learnings from Posham Pa

  1. Saying a lot in few words is the essence of poetry
  2. It is easier to remember writings in rhyme and rhythm
  3. Use of words would be according to the context of changing realities
  4. Poetry lets the reader guessing multiple interpretations for the same line
  5. The correct use of the language touches the hearts of many
  6. The literary techniques employed in poetry is mostly layered with a lot hidden in the imagery
  7. Reading poetry requires a sense and ability to peel off layers, uncover metaphors or find out contexts
  8. It is normal to read a poetry by placing it in the right context, time, history and experiences of the poet

Rewriting Manuscripts – Learnings from Kanchana Banerjee

  1. Rejection from publisher is about the manuscript and not the author and its not personal
  2. This calls for a critical and analytical view point to fix the manuscript’s deficiencies
  3. Read the best sellers in the genre the author aspires to write for, to rectify the manuscript
  4. Take hints from their character development, dialogues written, twists in the story and find the gaps in the story
  5. The journey to writing a book is a solitary journey, an exhausting but enjoyable process
  6. It is an opportunity to begin a new journey in a different way and push to raise the bar in writing a story
  7. Rejection by publisher is an opportunity to carve out a door and and window elsewhere

Book Marketing – Learnings from Kiran Manral

  1. It is important to build a presence in social media through a network of friends in similar line before pitching a book
  2. The author has to be the fiercest advocate of the work as no one would ever do it, so promoting the book can be done both online and offline
  3. Facebook promotions can include making an FB page, writing about the book, conduct contests, go FB live, post excerpts
  4. Instagram promotions can include live, giveaways, contests, talk about book, post excerpts
  5. Twitter promotions can include create author page, pick up conversations who are interested in books, jump into conversations in public timeline, engage and be positive
  6. Blog promotions can include writing about the book on the blog site, create a hustle about the book, create a excerpt version as an eBook
  7. Promoting online can include giving quotes from the book, characters from books, post excerpts, post reviews, ask readers what they would do if they would be in a similar situation, book trailers
  8. Book promotions can ideally start at the end of the writing journey and when the publishing decision is made and it is about to be printed

Conclusion
The session I had a personal connect with was that of Anand Neelakantan, who speaks about the creative writing and story telling the Indian way. There is so much to understand and comprehend what he says about Navarasas, and hopefully his ideas will help polish off mine.

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