Category Archives: Creativity

Teaching and assessing creativity

The Monstrous Part of Writing

The introduction of writing into the state educational achievement tests resulted in a plethora of writing models. One teacher supported the “Six Plus One Trait” writing model with a kind of fanaticism. Others plugged a device called the “freeze frame” … Continue reading

Posted in Creativity, Teaching writing skills, Writer's resource, Writing trends | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Adventures in Forbidden POVs

Currently I am reading a novella by Virginia Woolf called To the Lighthouse. It intrigues me because it broaches the problem of flat female characters found in many early twentieth century novels. Woolf reveals what’s going on in their heads. … Continue reading

Posted in Creativity, Ideas for writing, Literary devices, Literature, Style and voice, Trends in books, Writer's resource | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Elusive Elaboration

My friend bubbled over with excitement about her new concept for a river adventure story. She had all the characters, the settings and the basic ideas in her mind. However, as she began writing out scenes, some of the escapades … Continue reading

Posted in Creativity, Literature, Novels, Writer's resource, Writing trends | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

In My Head

As a child I made up stories in my head, mostly about people’s pets. The majority of them were entirely descriptions such as fur color, number of spots, eye color and size. When I bemoaned the fact that these just … Continue reading

Posted in Creativity, Group psychology, Ideas for writing, Literary devices, Literature, Self-awareness, Style and voice, Teaching writing skills | Leave a comment

The Real Adventure

My parents sometimes claimed that I spent my entire childhood with my nose in a book. But, I didn’t learn how to read until I was five. Before that time I chose books with intriguing pictures in them so that … Continue reading

Posted in Creativity, Ideas for writing, Literature, Writer's resource, Writing trends | Leave a comment

Asking for Ideas

Writing a well-crafted novel is hard labor, like going through a struggle harder than childbirth. Some authors want to seek out a short-cut, a sure thing, or a fully fleshed-out plot that has been used successfully in the past. However … Continue reading

Posted in Creativity, Literature, Self confidence, Teaching writing skills, Writing trends | Leave a comment

The Artist’s Hierarchy of Needs

Have you ever seen the “Artist’s hierarchy of needs?” It is based on Maslow’ structure; however, the basic need for a self-actualization, or achieving one’s full potential including creative activities, is the point at the bottom on which the whole … Continue reading

Posted in Creativity, Story structure, Writer's resource, Writing trends | Tagged , | Leave a comment

A Likable Villain?

Authors sometimes seek villains that their audience can identify with because they want the readers invested in the villain. This helps to propel a person to finish a book if they really don’t know what is going to happen to … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Creativity, Literary devices, Literature, Trends in books, Writing trends | Tagged | Leave a comment

Buying into a Binary

Writing which shows is almost always touted as superior to writing that tells. Examples of this are filled with intriguing dialog, exciting actions accompanied by descriptive detail filled with aromas, colors, and noises. On the other hand, telling explains who … Continue reading

Posted in Creativity, Literature, Showing versus telling, Story structure, Style and voice | 1 Comment

The Lead-footed Writer

In movies when an event is crucial to survival (such as disarming a bomb) the clock keeps ticking away on until the last minute as the hero tries to figure out which wire to cut. He wipes the sweat off … Continue reading

Posted in Creativity, Literary devices, Showing versus telling, Story structure, Style and voice, Writing trends | Tagged , , | Leave a comment