Monday, 1 July 2013

How to write a creative blog?

Creative writing is different from scientific or technical writings. It is different from tech blogs.

1.       Creative writing is an expression of self. There is nothing like objectivity in creative writing. No creative writer can be 100% percentage objective. No creative writer can stand off and write like a newspaper reporter. Even a newspaper reporter is not completely objective. A creative writer, even when he is writing like an objective narrator is narrating incidents as he sees it. A medium always make transformations to what pass through it. Since every medium is different from the other, the output is also different. The output is like the rays of light that comes out of a prism. So creative writing is an expression of self.

No blog reader sees the writer in physical form. The reader sees and understands the writer through the words written by him in his blogs. Words gather together to form sentences and then ideas. Ideas are a mirror image of the writer.

So express what you want your writer should know about you. Express only the part of the writer that may benefit the reader. Hiding a part of the writer is not a sin. Every person has a private face that sometimes even he may not see often.

2.       Do not be emotional over the blog unless the subject demands it. Do not emotionalize your theme. Even emotions can be presented rationally. Rational presentation is not opposite of emotional presentation. Rational presentation is restrained expression of emotions. None can predict the effect of words on its readers. Words have their own power and path. They run uncontrollable once they are set free from the writer. Once a word is written by the writer it is no longer chained to him. The writer can only watch helplessly as it run creating impressions.

3.       Be a responsible writer. A writer should have a responsibility towards the reader. Ideas near die. Ideas cannot be withdrawn. Ideas never obey ownership. Ideas have no masters. Ideas once expressed do not belong to any particular person. Ideas have magnificent power to change the society. The change may be for good or bad. History is a proof of the power of ideas. Nothing has impacted the world more than ideas.

So a writer must be careful in expressing his ideas. Do not shout in the dawn what you dreamed in the night. Permit it to go through a settlement time in which it may act and react with many other ideas and circumstances and gradually precipitate. Show the world only the precipitation.

4.       Most of the readers, even a casual reader who read a blog at a railway station to waste his time, are searching for an answer to the question: “How to live?”(Matthew Arnold – Study of Poetry). Tech blogs are answering questions on technology. They cannot answer the question on life. Only creative writing can give a direction to life. Even today’s education fails to give a proper answer the question on life. There is the space and role of a creative writer. Remember, every creative writer is shaping the future of the world.

5.       Do not use jargons, complex terms and hard nut theories. None read your blog for hair splitting philosophy. Still there is no serious writing without philosophy. Serious poetry, prose and drama are presenting a philosophy on life. A great part of religion is philosophy. A serious blogger too cannot ignore philosophy. He too will have to present a philosophy on life. Then present it in everyday language that it may look like a common saying that is popular among the peasants. That is the skill of a creative writer.

6.       Blogs should be instructive and entertaining. Readers of blogs are not there for a deep thought to immerse themselves for the rest of the day.  Still being instructive is the commitment of the writer. Readers may be searching for pleasure. The writer should provide them bitter pills coated with sugar. The reader unknowingly swallows the sugar coated pills and gets healed because of the medicine inside the sweet coating.

7.       Write always for an international audience. Among your readers there may be English speaking natives, those who have learned English because of migration and many who are using it as a foreign language. Write for all of them. Give some explanation here and there for local customs and usages. English has a lot of variants as many as the nations where the language is learned. Today English is not the language of the British, but it is an international language. Since the purpose of writing is to communicate, the writer must take care that his ideas are communicated well across the borders.

8.       You should not leave anything obscure in your blogs. You may not get a chance to explain what you have written to every reader. Do not give a chance to anyone to interpret your words. Let them explain, but never interpret.

9.       Finally, make it brief, as brief as you can. No maximum length for a blog can be ordered, not even by a writer. Write not all you want to say in a single blog. If you have many more to tell, write another blog. You may suffix the title with “Part 1” or “Part 2”. Remember the great saying, “brevity is the soul of wit.” Do not go on explaining and explaining thus creating confusion. Fewer words are more powerful than loose words.

Wishing you happy blogging,

Professor Jacob Abraham

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