A Day Away From Writing

Today is the day, the long awaited day. As I step out of the house, neighbors start to stare at me like it is a miracle. They have never seen me outside since I moved in. They only know that somebody has been inside there because they saw me entering the day I moved in.

I return a few hours later, holding a girl’s hand, and these neighbors shake their heads as if they have had some awakening: “no wonder! That explains it!

I feel a little disappointed in them. I am like, “I am trying to mind my own business here – can everybody do the same, please?”

I slip the key into the lock, turns it and suddenly the screeching hinges indicate that it is time to enter. As I take the lady’s hand, she exclaims, “So this flat of yours has a room set aside for dustbins?”

I am like, “princess, welcome home.” Clearly, I can tell that she does not know if she is entering a house or getting outside.

She goes, “I feel like I am inside a shoe with a rotting rat inside.” She doesn’t say it verbally but I can read it on her face.

She suddenly responds to the situation, instinctively. I sit in front of my laptop, pretending to be busy as she does the laundry, mops the floor and does the dishes – all of which have been there for more than a week. When she is not looking, I stare at the work of God’s hands.

An hour later, I no longer recognize where I am. I remember how the house looked before she came, and ask myself what type person I have been, living in a rubbish dump.

“Whatever, “ I console myself and put on some slow jam music.

I am a romantic man, you know. Actually, sort of. There is nothing like a romantic man. We, men, don’t really care about that nonsense, we just know what we want. We all do unbelievable things just to because that is what it takes to … you know. I don’t mean to be frank, but… when you are trying to sleep with someone… you know.

Now the slow jam music goes with some wine. The wine is cheap but she says nothing about it so there is no worry there. I light a candle and turn off the lights. The first minutes into the drinking is passed with some conversation. Well, I say “conversations” but if you ask me now, I have no idea what she has been parroting about all this time. My mind has been somewhere else – a place that only God and I know.

Suddenly, the parroting stops, the clothes start to peel off, and my hands are all over the place. There is heavy breathing, and I know for once and for sure that nothing is forbidden.

“God, I am about to repeat the first sin. I repent in advance. Amen.” My mother used to tell me to remember to pray before everything.

She collapses into my arms and whispers, “what are you waiting for? I am yours for the taking.”

And so there we are, between the dim candle light and the shadows on the wall. The shadows get tangled and intertwined. They move in rhythm as if dancing to some strange music playing from some spiritual world. Their dancing gets more intense and vigorous as time passes, and it is only clear they this can longer be a dance – it must be a possession by evil spirits. Then suddenly, the shadows slow down. One shadow lies on top of the other, motionless, only their chests pumping hard.

They say that when a woman takes you to heaven in a chariot of fire, you experience la petite mort, you know, the little death. She kills you. As I resurrect, I pull out some cash and try to hand them to her.

“What are those for?” She asks.

“For the services rendered?” I reply in a thick Lakeside accent.

“Are you calling me a prostitute?” she asks, angrily.

“No!” I tried to explain, “Not like that? I am just showing my appreciation, you know. It is a very long time since I felt like this.”

“You don’t need to. Let’s talk. What do you think about us?”

Now, this is a red flag. I had thought I was signing up for a quick fix. Now there is a relationship headed for marriage, right on my face. One thing I know for sure is that I doubt 100% if I want to get involved in this business. You see, nobody knows where I live. You don’t want someone loitering around the house when you are researching and writing. Everybody else is a nuisance.

I tell her that my wife is coming home from the countryside the next day in the morning. She is pissed off, like really pissed off.

“I didn’t mean to use you. I know it appears like that but that was not the intention,” I tried to apologize.

“You used who,” she asked, angrily. “Look at you, saying the word ‘use’. You did not use anybody. You are so tiny down there you could go with a rat but it wouldn’t notice.”

That hurt me a little, but it is not my fault… Back to writing.

 

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What is creative writing?

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Most students struggle with creative writing. I know because at some point I was one of them but now that I have grasped to write a hook essay I am here to elaborate and explain the basics to creative writing.

Being a writer in any discipline means writing for a reader as much as for yourself. At the back of your mind that is the crucial step because it does something to your writing. It makes you more alert to the craft of language. It means there is something at stake. In creative writing, write for a reader, your job is to arouse their imagination.

Creativity requires details, as a student/writer avoid summaries or generalization. Imagine your creative writing depends on the evocative details. A writer is a lover and a student of language that is your medium so get to know it intimately. Words are precious; they provide a way into reality. So do not waste or be careless with your words when writing. Treat your writing as an act of discovery. Find ways of sneaking past your internal sensor. Surprise yourself and follow where your imagination leads.

Lastly, I emphasize extensive reading. As a writer, you belong to something far much bigger than yourself. Get to know all you can of both the past and the present of the literary tradition which is nothing less than the history of ideas and history of human imaginations. As a writer here and now you are the life of that inheritance and that calling.

P.S: Make sure to read the example I have written for this work.

Admission Essay is everything! Learn how to make an impression

What can you really accomplish in 650 words or less? There are a few things you should be specifically aiming for, and all of them are easy to accomplish. First of all, you want to make yourself memorable and that involves advertising yourself in the essay. Advertising the idea of making yourself memorable is called branding. What is branding in the context of this essay? It is something about yourself, your experiences and what you have to offer to the world that is effortlessly recognizable and easily recollected what will make you stand out in a group of similarly qualified applicants.

Admissions officer should easily recall details that are emblematic of your personality and are representative of who you are at your core. Your essay should also tell the admissions something they don’t know. You should use these essays as an opportunity to say something that hasn’t been said; this is how I feel about this thing, this is what is important to me, this is what I value.

The students that are most successful try to reveal something to an admissions officer that they would not be able to find on your transcript and this doesn’t mean you can’t write about something that already appears on your activity list or in your academic report. What it means is that your essay shouldn’t be about the mission of habitat for humanity or even what you did in your community service hours for the organization rather it should be about how your experience with Habitat for Humanity change your life in a real and compelling way what unexpected experience did you have there, how did it make you a more complete and interesting person if you can’t tell a story that is personal.

Your essay should put your personality on display, are you studious and curious, are you sensitive and brave, are you determined, are you funny etc. These qualities should shine in your final essay no matter the topic and admission officer should feel like they are getting a giant slice of you in there. Family members and friends should be able to recognize your voice, a good test is to think: would it be weird for anyone else to put his or her name at the top of my essay? If so you are on the right track.

The Killer Thesis Statement

200Writing a thesis statement is all about figuring out the main idea for your paper and then explaining that main idea to your reader. But where to begin? Begin with the question­­­­­___ the question you’re answering with the essay. We’ll use “The Scarlet Letter” as an example. Let’s say your teacher gave you the following question as your essay topic: What role does the scarlet letter “A” play in Hawthorne’s novel, and why is it important?

Step 1

Assuming you have read the book (and really, you can’t write a paper without having read the book) answer the question off the top of your mind

The preliminary thesis might look something like this: In “The Scarlet Letter,” the letter “A” is a symbol.

That’s a good start, but you haven’t answered the whole question. Remember that the second part of the question is: why is the “A” important?

Step 2

So now you need to refine your answer. At this point, you’ll probably need to look back at your notes about the book to figure out why the letter “A” is important. After you do, revise your thesis statement.

Revised thesis: In “The Scarlet Letter,” the letter “A” is more than a symbol; it actually helps define Hester’s identity.

That’s not a bad thesis, but remember that your thesis sends the reader off into your essay not just knowing what you’re going to write about, but how you are going to make your case. In other words, you want to give your reader a little bit more directions. This is where examples come in

Step 3:

Before you finish refining your thesis you need to know which examples from the book are going to help you make your case. For this question, we might look at the way the meaning of The Scarlet letter “A” changes over the course of the novel. First, it defines Hester as an “adulteress”. Later, it shows how “able,” Hester is. And finally, it comes to stand for “angel” as Hester takes control of her own identity.

So, with these examples in mind, let’s revise that thesis statement one more time.

Finalized thesis, version 1: In “The Scarlet Letter,” the letter “A” is more than a symbol; it actually helps define Hester’s identity, transforming her from an “adulterous,” to a woman who’s “able,” and finally into an “angel.”

That’s a great thesis so far but I want to point something that happened as I wrote that thesis. Sometimes, when you start working with examples, an even deeper, more nuanced response to the question emerges. So here is an optional final step.

Step 4

Ask yourself: Am I really saying all I could be saying with my thesis? Am I really saying it in the clearest possible way? Or are my examples leading me to tweak my thesis and say something a little different, a little deeper? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, revise again.

Finalized thesis, version 2: In “The Scarlet Letter,” the letter “A” isn’t just a symbol of Hester’s downfall; as Hester moves from “adulterous,” to a woman who is “able,” and finally, to an “angel,” the “A” becomes a symbol of Hester’s “agency,” in defining her own identity.

There you have it.