Call 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

A hoarder's apartment
A hoarder’s apartment
By Grap (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)
Are you a hoarder? Maybe not in your home, but what about in your writing? Is it so cluttered with verbiage—wordiness, circumlocution, redundancy, modifiers, empty openers and phrases, pretension, clichés—that your readers stumble and rummage through it?

It’s time to purge. Even if you’re a creative writer.

If your writing is non-fiction or business, of course you want it to be clear and direct. But flowery embellishments and long, tangled descriptions don’t work now in creative writing, either. Maybe during the Victorian era that was the style, but today’s creative writing is clear and direct. All writers, then, need to use the “power” skill of writing concisely.  Continue reading Call 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

Real-life Non-fiction Metaphors

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Cyndi Lauper’s Kinky Boots wins 2013 Best Musical Tony award

In my last post, I encouraged you to incorporate metaphor into your writing. In case you’re still not convinced how it will work in non-fiction writing, here are some examples. Note in each case how the metaphor immediately created a visual image for the reader, bringing the concept into focus and making further explanation unnecessary. You may recognize a couple of the metaphors as similes, a specific type of metaphor that compares two items using “like” or “as.”  Continue reading Real-life Non-fiction Metaphors

Life is a Beach!

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Caneel Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Metaphor—it’s not just for poems any more. Metaphor is one of those techniques all writers should grab from creative writers to add creative power to their writing.

At its most basic, metaphor is a comparison in image form, and how effective are comparison—and creating an image in your reader’s mind—in making any type of point? A description, an explanation, an argument—all are enriched through comparison and imagery.  Continue reading Life is a Beach!

Creative Power = WowPow

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To illustrate Creative Power Writing, I have a real-life example for you today! You’ve doubtless noticed that I’ve changed the title of this blog. The new title came partly from my slogan: “Write with the creativity to inspire and engage and the power to command action.” And when I teach, students’ creative ideas elicit a “Wow,” and of course “Pow” is the first part of “power.”

Thus, Creative Power = WowPow.

“WowPow” is also a creative play on “powwow” because we’re all about communicating. Let me know what you think about the new title. I’m counting on “WowPow” to pique readers’ curiosity about this blog and nudge them to explore my related content (see below!).

More exciting news—my website is live! Please visit http://creativepowerwriting.com and learn even more about how to motivate your readers to action and achieve your goals.

For those of you who are audio/visual learners, I’ve started a YouTube channel. My first video is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skjkHRbw4uc

Share your examples of Creative Power Writing–WowPow–in action.

Writing must touch hearts and engage minds

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Creative power in action!

Shakespeare. Churchill. Kennedy. Friedan. These writers inspired generations and changed our world. Each knew that neither poetic language nor logical argument alone would propel readers to action; a conscious synergy of the two was required. As Maya Angelou put it so powerfully using her own creative phrasing, “The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.” That’s the key–writing must engage the mind and the emotions.  Continue reading Writing must touch hearts and engage minds