How to Write a Poem

In a broad sense, a poem is an organization of speech into a form that uses rhythm, symbols, and metaphors to create a mood or to give a certain impression. Usually a poem is broken into lines and stanzas; however, rhyme, although often considered to be an essential element of a poem, is not necessary. To be considered poetry, a piece of writing must, above anything else, possess artistic and aesthetic value. Steps for Writing a Poem Read a lot of poetry before writing poetry. For a couple of weeks, set yourself the task of reading only poetry. Even if your exposure to poetry is limited, find a genre that appeals to you; you may find that you like tanka, sonnets, or blank verse, for example. Find authors whom you…
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Writing a Screenplay

A screenplay is a creative piece of writing upon which a film or television program is based. It carries all the words spoken by the actors, all the details about the scenario, and all the necessary set directions. The dialog, actions, expressions, and movements of the actors are all detailed in a screenplay. There are specific layouts and formats for screenplays from which one cannot deviate. Whether a screenplay is wholly original or taken from another piece of writing, such as a history book or a novel, it must contain the details necessary for a movie to be directed correctly, so it must bear the author’s intentions in a prescribed manner. Steps for Writing a Screenplay Carefully read a number of specially written textbooks on how to write for the…
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Writing a Short Story

A short story is a genre of prose, normally composed in a narrative manner, which is smaller than a novel and usually has only one storyline. It also commonly has a limited number of characters and, unlike a novelette or a novel, it revolves around one major problem, conflict, or event. Short stories can be written in a variety of styles, whether it is science fiction, fantasy, realism, psychodrama, or any other stylistic preference. It may be written from a first person perspective, or from the perspective of a detached narrator, or from the different perspectives of characters in the story. It may include dialogue, or may be solely based on the author’s words. It can be based on real-life events and experiences, or can be completely fictional. Steps of…
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Writing a Song

A song is a unique genre that has its own approaches, and involves talents of a slightly different nature in comparison to writing a poem. Songwriting is a serious and thorough work, and the following recommendations will help you craft a song worthy of being sung. Steps for Writing a Song Define the topic and the title. The title is what your song is going to be about, so think well. Formulate it in 2-3 meaningful words. Now think about the lyrics. At this point, there is no need to worry about rhyme or rhythm—all you need is to fill your title with details. The best way to find out what you want to sing about (if you are writing from scratch, without previously thinking over those thoughts and emotions…
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Writing a Travelogue

A travelogue is a person’s account of a journey to another country or place. It can either be a written report with many factual details or a narrative story about personal impressions and experiences supported by images. Steps for Writing a Travelogue Decide on the purpose of your travelogue. Whether it is for a magazine, for friends, or for yourself—determine your writing style. While traveling, take notes about what you see, places you visit, and people you get acquainted with. Keep a diary of your impressions. If you don’t have enough time to write, perhaps a recorder would be a smart option for keeping a diary. Also, collect various brochures, tourism maps, and guides. They may come in handy when you start writing a travelogue. Take as many pictures as…
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How to Avoid Mistakes

What is a Misspelling? Mistakes are a regular part of academic writing. In its turn, one of the most common mistakes is misspelling. Simply put, misspelling something is writing a word down incorrectly. Misspelling can happen due to different reasons, starting from illiteracy and up to laziness. Anyways, to be on the safe side, keep the following points in mind to minimize misspelling in your writing. How to Avoid Misspelling? 1. Watch out for words that sound alike (homophones). The English language has a lot of homophones, so there is always a chance you will confuse one word for another. Anyways, here is a list of the most common homophones: there — their — they’re weak — week aloud — allowed knew — new past — passed site — sight…
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Rules for Capitalization

What is Capitalization? To capitalize a word in the English language means to begin it with a capital letter. In the English language, there are many rules regarding capitalization. When is Capitalization Needed? 1. The first word in a sentence is always capitalized. e.g. Perhaps, everybody would want to live in a world without wars and poverty.   2. The pronoun “I” is always capitalized.   3. Personal names and names of places are always capitalized. Brand names (for example, Nikon, McDonald’s) are capitalized as well. e.g. The Carpathian mountains are known mostly due to the novel Dracula. e.g. James entered the room and saw his wife, Melissa, lying unconscious on the floor.   4. If you name a nation or a geographical region, you should capitalize it as well.…
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How to Write Clearly

Why is Clarity Important? Imagine you have a brilliant thought you want to share with others (this is one of the main motives for writing, in fact). So, you spend days or even weeks expressing your thoughts on paper; in other words, you put your soul into what you write. However, when you share your writing with your friends or unfamiliar people, they seem to understand little or nothing from what you have written, or do not seem to be impressed as they should be. You might ask yourself: what is the problem? The answer is clarity. Your writing is not clear enough. If your readers do not follow along with your message, this means you used words that were not precise enough, or your sentences are too long, or…
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10 Rules of Creative Writing

1. You can write anything in any style. 2. Continually experiment with your style and the forms you use. 3. Read a lot of creative writing, and use the styles and forms you enjoy from what you read. 4. Don’t get too intellectual—feel more than think when writing and when editing your writing. 5. Get constructive criticism from other writers, or else you will see your writing from only your viewpoint. 6. Find the right creative atmosphere for you. Get into this atmosphere as much as possible. It could be in a library meeting room, in your basement with Mozart playing in the background, etc. 7. When you have written a considerable amount of work, send it out for being published. This will make you more concerned about the quality…
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Writing an Argument

What is an Argument? An argument is a claim that one uses to support a thesis statement. Arguments can be inserted in text in the form of facts, statistical data, references to credible sources, logical constructions, and so on. The main requirement of an argument is that it is credible. How to Develop Arguments Effectively? 1. Arguments are closely connected to your thesis statement. So, your first step is to create a concise, clear, and meaningful thesis statement. 2. Research the topic you are writing about. Mark all the information you think might relate to your subject. 3. Sort out the selected information. Choose data that can directly support or refute (depending on your purpose) your core idea. 4. Decide on the key points you will use to support or…
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