The Social Function of Creative Language

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The social functions of creative language use in everyday interactions. Creativity is a staple in spoken language and could be considered to be grease for the wheels of social interaction. Creativity in communication ‘is a property actively possessed by all speakers and listeners’ (Carter 2004: 6).1 As a trait possessed by all, many social functions are fulfilled by the use of creative language in everydayRead Now

Poetry – Dignify

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inhabit

All my devotion betrayed I am no longer afraid I was too blinded to see How much you’ve stolen from me You want to know why I feel so horrified? I’ve let my innocence die You want to know why I can’t be pacified? You made me bury something I won’t be sleeping tonight I only wanted a blessing made Now I’ve been labelled aRead Now

Poetry – Inhabit

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inhabit

When I think of the place I inhabit I’m struck by the strangeness of space So far from the places, I knew in my youth The world has a scarier face Streets where I’m no longer welcome Perhaps never welcome before A cold and indifferent world, each way I turn Sometimes I don’t want any more Searching in vain for my solace Crave silence; findRead Now

Writing Short

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Writing Short

Write your day in 300-words Yep, that’s the challenge. Capture your day in 300-words. Writing short. We’re not quite in Extreme Editing territory here, but if you’re planning to cover everything from that first cup of coffee through to putting on your PJs; it’s going to be a struggle. The philosophy of this writing short exercise is to capture the essence, rather than offer aRead Now

Extreme Editing

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Editing

So, you may have noticed I like to write. My friends will tell you I like to talk. It will come as no surprise to you that I’m not really a big fan of editing, and there are two basic areas I could offer by way of explanation: Just like live music, the purest form of written art is found in a single take. TheRead Now

Rounding Character – Challenging Expectations

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Making stereotypical characters more rounded with the addition of contradictory elements Characters can seem one-dimensional, particularly in the writing of a less experienced author. An easy way to provide depth is by making a character more complicated, conflicted, contradictory. Human traits make fictional characters more believable, because they become more like real people. For the purposes of my example, I’m going to sketch out aRead Now