Written by ARTHUR ZULU


By Arthur Zulu

Now you know you must introduce yourself -- your work. This isrepparttar first point in your outline.

But introducing yourself in creative writing, isn’trepparttar 129447 same as announcing your arrival at a cock- tail or dinner party. You don’t have to give yourself away –- name, status and all; just like that!

In story writing, you have to tantalize your reader, you have to make him keep holding on to your book, even when his house – boy suddenly walks into his study, to announcerepparttar 129448 discovery of anthrax, in his bedroom!

Making a Good Introseries of questions. Remember that these questions should point torepparttar 129449 subject or topic of your work. And remember also that inrepparttar 129450 course of your writing, you will need to answer these questions.

Fifth. You may begin with a quotation. The quotation must relate to, or support your work; and help your reader to visualize what follows. Do you have a book of quotations?

Sixth. You may introduce a problem that is connected to your writing. Let your reader know that this problem needs solution. Then proceed to solverepparttar 129451 problem you have created with your story.

Seventh: Flashback. Some writers begin their story fromrepparttar 129452 end, calledrepparttar 129453 flashback. Others even start fromrepparttar 129454 middle. But know that your style need not be too complicated as to create a lunatic, instead of a learned, reader.


Written by ARTHUR ZULU

Title: WRITING TO EXCEL Author: Arthur Zulu Contact Author: mailto: Copyright: Copyright © Arthur Zulu 2002 Word Count: 600 Web Address:

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“Of allrepparttar 129446 arts in whichrepparttar 129447 mind excel”, says one writer, “nature’s chief masterpiece is writing well”. But before we begin writing our best seller, I will ask you to re- readrepparttar 129448 beginning of this book. Or do you still remember those negative questions often asked by novices?

Well, I would want to assume you have outlivedrepparttar 129449 “nattering nabobs of negativism” (by Spiro Agnew), and are now set to write. Some, however, have askedrepparttar 129450 following questions, andrepparttar 129451 answers will help you get started.

What Do I Need to Write? Simple. Userepparttar 129452 traditional materials –- pen and paper. I prefer them. The reason is that it is easier for me to put my thoughts in writing as fast as they come. It makesrepparttar 129453 work more natural, honest and unpretentious. And you also know that a notebook and a pen, are very portable. You could be doing your thing while seated in a bus, train, or plane (withoutrepparttar 129454 terrorists).

But if you can type as fast as you think, a typewriter or evenrepparttar 129455 computer is okay. So, what is sauce forrepparttar 129456 goose, may not be sauce forrepparttar 129457 gander. The important thing here is, use a writing means that can get your thought down as fast as it comes. Shorthand and pictographs are excellent.

What isrepparttar 129458 Best Time and Place to Write? You know what is best for you. Some write inrepparttar 129459 morning, others prefer late at night. Some like quiet, lonely places, while others would not mindrepparttar 129460 radio on! Some have even tried to rouse their imagination through drugs and alcohol! And they say it works fine for them.

Well, I don’t require any intoxicants to write. And I wouldn’t ask you to take them in order to excel. What you need, however, is a conducive place and time. As for me, I write anywhere, anytime I getrepparttar 129461 muse.

You would have to know thatrepparttar 129462 muses transcend borders and physical disabilities. Some have written books in prison-- ask Wole Soyinka,repparttar 129463 Nobel laureate. He did one in prison, titled THE MAN DIED.

What About Sources? “Writing is thinking, and thinking is work,” says Robert Bolt who wrote A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS. Yes, you are going to think-- think a lot. You will go into meditation and see “visions”, (I don’t mean to make you a prophet.)

Now, do you know how Mary Shelley came to write FRANKENSTEIN? She was holidaying in Switzerland with her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley,repparttar 129464 poet Lord Byron and another named Polidori. After familiarizing themselves with ghost stories, Lord Byron came up withrepparttar 129465 proposition: “We will each write a ghost story”.

Then each went to dream dreams, and Mary Shelley thought that to excel, she had to dream uprepparttar 129466 scariest story ever. And she beat them all with FRANKENSTEIN,repparttar 129467 weirdest story before HARRY PORTER. Even Joseph,repparttar 129468 dreamer, couldn’t have dreamt better. And her story became a classic!

So, having chosenrepparttar 129469 genre you want to write about, think ofrepparttar 129470 best- selling book in that category. And aim to smash its record! Persevere in your dream, and when it has taken form, put it down in writing.

But you cannot dream in abstraction. Your first source of material is reading. Yes, be a voracious reader. You may read for pleasure, or on purpose. Read anything that interests you –- newspapers, magazines, story, and scientific books.

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