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  • 1. A Guide to Creative Writing By Nick Assaf Quit
  • 2. Main Menu
    • Quick Tips
    • Poetry
    • Songwriting
    • Short Stories
    • Novels
    • Conclusion/About the Author
    • References
  • 3. Put Yourself in the Right Place
    • 1. Schedule designated times to write
    • - Life is busy, you have to give yourself the time to write.
    • 2. Pinpoint what you want to say in your writing.
      • Try to organize your thoughts and ideas by writing them down first.
    • 3.Don’t Overdue it
      • Don’t get too frustrated with writers block, try to find what is causing it and figure out a solution
    • 4.Find resources to help you
      • Writing isn’t easy, find a support group of your friends or others writers to consult with!
  • 4. Creative Exercises
    • Free-writing
      • Set your timer for about ten minutes and force yourself to write the entire time. Maybe you can find inspiration from what you thought of !
    • Pictures
      • Look at a picture and see if gets your creative juices flowing
    • Idea Box
      • Whenever you think of something you like, write it down and put it in a box for later reference.
  • 5. Poetry
    • The world of poetry is amazing and limitless. Here are some good things to know, and some good examples to get you started.
    • Basic Guidelines
    • Sonnets
    • Villanelles
    • Slam Poetry
  • 6. Basic Guidelines
    • Poetry really has no boundaries, but here are ways to write a good one!
    • Have Rhythm- do the words sound good together? Does the poem flow?
    • Meter- make sure that each line has the same amount of syllables
    • Rhyming- if your poem rhymes, make sure the pattern is consistent
    • Use metaphors and similes- these comparisons will amplify your poem.
  • 7. Sonnets
    • A Sonnet consists of 14 lines.
    • All Sonnets have strict rhyme schemes
    • Sonnets are a challenging and great format for poetry.
    • Sonnets are one of the most popular forms of poetry throughout history.
    Exit Examples of Sonnets
  • 8. Villanelles
    • For a real challenge try writing a villanelle!
    • Villanelles have 19 total lines
    • Five stanzas of three lines and one stanza of four lines.
    • All villanelles have two rhymes and two refrains.
    Exit Villanelle Example
  • 9. Slam Poetry
    • Slam poetry is a relatively new form of poetry.
    • Slam poetry is meant to be performed live.
    • Slam poetry has no real rules, but you can use what you’ve learned earlier to help you.
    Exit Slam Poetry Video
  • 10. Songwriting
    • If you are fascinated with music, songwriting might be something you like.
    • Like slam poetry, songwriting has no defined rules.
    Exit Songwriting Tips
  • 11. Short Stories
    • Short stories can be many different lengths.
    • They tend to be more concise and to the point than longer works such as novels.
    • Short stories should be no longer than 20,000 words, but no less than 1,000.
    Exit Short Story Website
  • 12. Novels
    • Novels are longer narratives that can cover a large variety of subjects.
    • Popular novel styles include
      • Stream of Conciousness
      • Modernist
      • Fantasy
      • Minimalism
    Exit Recommended Novels
  • 13. Examples of Sonnets
    • Here are some links to some good sonnets.
    • Sonnet 29- William Shakespeare
    • Sonnet 79- Edmund Spencer
  • 14. Example of a Villanelle
    • Here is a link to one of the best villanelles ever written.
    • Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night
      • By: Dylan Thomas
  • 15. Example of Slam Poetry
    • This is a great video of Slam poetry
    • This is an especially inspiring poem for people who want to go into the teaching profession.
    • “What Teachers Make”- Taylor Mali
  • 16. Songwriting Tips
    • Here are two interesting videos about songwriting.
    • The first video is about the process.
    • The second video is of Bob Dylan (considered one of the best songwriters ever) talking about the process.
  • 17. Recommended Novels
    • Here is a list of some of my highly recommended Novels
    • The Razor’s Edge
      • By W.Somerset Maugham
      • Lord of the Flies
      • By William Golding
      • Bleachers
      • By: John Grisham
  • 18. William Shakespeare
    • When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes,
    • I all alone beweep my outcast state,
    • And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
    • And look upon myself and curse my fate,
    • Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
    • Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,
    • Desiring this man's art, and that man's scope,
    • With what I most enjoy contented least.
    • Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
    • Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
    • Like to the lark at break of day arising
    • From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate;
    •   For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings
    •   That then I scorn to change my state with kings.
    • Sonnet 29
  • 19. Edmund Spencer
    • Men call you fair, and you do credit it,
    • For that yourself you daily such do see:
    • But the true fair, that is the gentle wit
    • And virtuous mind, is much more praised of me.
    • For all the rest, however fair it be,
    • Shall turn to naught and lose that glorious hue:
    • But only that is permanent and free
    • From frail corruption that doth flesh ensue,
    • That is true beauty; that doth argue you
    • To be divine and born of heavenly seed;
    • Derived from that fair spirit, from whom all true
    • And perfect beauty did at first proceed:
    • He only fair, and what he fair hath made:
    • All other fair, like flowers, untimely fade.
    • Sonnet 79
  • 20. About the Author
    • My name is Nick Assaf and I am currently a student at Grand Valley State University.
    • I am an English major and I love writing.
    • I hope this slideshow can help any aspiring writers out there!
    • This is my email address:
    • [email_address]
  • 21. References
    • Start Writing!
    • Basic Elements of Poetry
    • Sonnets
    • Sonnet examples
    • Villanelles
    • Dylan Thomas
    • Taylor Mali
    • Bob Dylan
    • Songwriting Documentary
  • 22. Storyboard Exit