Did you catch the I Love Lucy Christmas Specialon December 7? The one-hour show comprised “The Christmas Episode” and “Job Switching.” In the latter, Lucy and Ethel tried, but ultimately—and hilariously—failed to keep up with the chocolate factory’s conveyor belt. A poll by the Paley Center for Media named the scene the “funniest TV moment of all time.” Indeed, one of the funniest shows of all time.
One of the unfunniest things writers deal with is punctuation. No one wants to interrupt a good idea wondering whether to insert a comma. But punctuation isn’t meant to make life miserable. It’s meant to clarify meaning. Consider the following:
WowPow blog is still a baby, and I haven’t developed a routine about when to write it. One week I wrote it early, on Thursday. Another week, I wrote it last minute, late Sunday night. Last week, I just forgot.
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?
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
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!
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.