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Revision makes perfect. Creative writing course, week eight.

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Writing is rewriting

Alright folks, well… the two of you reading this by accident, this will be my last post about the creative writing course. I know the thought of this saga abruptly ending fills you with unbearable sadness reminiscent of your first break-up. Be brave, you’ll get over it eventually.

Tying it all together with a plot. Creative writing course, week seven.

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Plot twists and turns

The penultimate lesson had not even begun that I already felt sad there would only be one more left. While wiping a flood of inner tears, I reflected upon all the elements of creative writing we had covered up to now. All we had left to learn was how to tie it all together.

Talking about dialogues. Creative writing course, week six.

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He said, she said

“So today, we’ll talk about dialogue,” the teacher said while distributing the handouts for the lesson. “Dialogues serve a lot of different purposes in a story,” he continued “developing characters, building up tension, providing knowledge of a situation, advancing the plot.” I took note diligently.

It‘s just a matter of point of view. Creative writing course, week five.

Not a matter of opinion

The subject of the fifth lesson was point of view, one of the most important topics of creative writing in my opinion — Yes, I realise I’ve said that about every other topic. Simply put, point of view is the perspective from which a story is told. There are basically two points of view, first- and third-person, and a few variations; omniscient, subjective and objective.

Getting into character. Creative writing course, week four.

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Just like eggs

The fourth lesson kicked off with this statement: you can have a character without a story, but not a story without a character. Just like you can’t make an omelette without eggs. It’s the same thing. No eggs, no story. Anyhow, the point I’m trying to make with this long-winded egg analogy is rather simple: characters are an integral part of any omel… story.

Bringing a story to life with details. Creative writing course, week three.

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Where the devil dwells

In the third lesson of the ever-enlightening creative writing course, we discussed how details affect nearly all aspects of writing a story. Creating believable and lifelike characters or settings, for example, all boils down to an effective use details. Writing unnecessary descriptions is a common pitfall, so only the most significant details should be squeezed out of the devil lurking within. Details that appeal to the five senses should also be favoured.

Shedding some light on showing and telling. Creative writing course, week two.

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Show, don’t tell

As the second lesson of my creative writing course was about to start, I could have told you that “I was excited.” but if I really wanted to capture your increasingly short attention, I would have shown you “The exhilaration flooding my synapses exploded into a million multi-coloured fireworks, visible to the outside world by the sparkles in my eyes.”

Reflecting on how stories begin. Creative writing course, week one.

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Humble beginnings

Two weeks ago was the much-awaited, slightly apprehended first lesson of the creative writing course I’m currently taking. That officially makes me a student again! What a rejuvenating feeling—better than any anti-aging cream—when I entered the brand new building of the Temple University campus. I’m joined on this adventure by my compañero Andres—a colleague of mine whose pen is mightier than a Masamune sword.

Archibald Blondinet

Surrealist writer and illustrator with a multifaceted split personality.

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