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ASSIGNMENT ON CREATIVE WRITING QUESTION: Read through the text book and summarize in 5 pages, the entire book.

CHAPTER ONE WHAT IS CREATIVE WRITING? This chapter deals with what creative writing is all about; the approach of systematic writing and structure of creative writing. Creative Writing according to the author of understanding writing Silas M. Iheaga, writing, the literary techniques used in writing. According to Colleen, systematic approach to creative writing follows the three Cs: a) Is it clear? b) Is it crisp and? c) Is it concise? For one to write systematically, the writing must be broken into bits, namely: i) ii) iii) iv) v) vi) Research the topic Plan Draft Eliminate useless words/sentences Polish Proof-read. CHAPTER TWO HISTORY OF WRITING This chapter deals with the origin of writing. According to the author, the oldest language preserved in writing was the Sumerian cuneiform script which dates from about 3000BC. The earliest known writing dates from shortly before 3000BC and is attributed to the Sumerians of Mesopotamia, because it is logographic. The Egyptian hierographic writing is known from about 100 years later and it is also the earliest authentication of principle of phonetic transfer.


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According to Kirsten C. Holm, writing will require three things: a) Good writing b) Knowledge of writing c) Persistence CHAPTER THREE PHILOSOPHY OF CREATIVE WRITING Iheaga (2009: 64 67) in his book, Journalism Principles and Practice enumerates some of the reasons why Christians should involve in writing. i. ii. iii. iv. v. vi. It is Gods command (Exodus 24: 7) It is the churchs spokes person It gives opportunity Hearing informs people of what they dont know before. Christians should write and flood the markets with Christian tracts, novels and books. Truth transmission the young generation is taught the right doctrines and to decipher the wrong from the right. CHAPTER FOUR THE CHALLENGE FOR WRITING The challenge lies on the fact that millions of persons do not know Christ. Writing becomes a tool in reaching a wider audience. The course of creative writing is meant to help us meet the challenge of writing and to help us produce the kind literature that is best suited to the needs of evangelism and ministry in our area. CHAPTER FIVE RULES FOR CLEAR CREATIVE WRITING For every game, there is a rule. For a creative writer, these are guidelines for effective writing: 1. Eliminate unnecessary words for clarity 2. Check all verb forms 3. Check your paragraphs 4. Check proper sequence of sentences in paragraphs

5. Check every sentence to verify whether it can be invigorated by placing the main thoughts at the end. 6. Check translations between sentences and paragraphs 7. Be conscious of the value of parallel forms but dont over use them 8. Avoid plagiarism which comes in form of: a. Failure to document with quotation marks any material copied directly from other sources b. Failure to acknowledge paraphrased material that came from another c. Failure to provide a bibliography d. Use of others work as ones own particularly in the creative arts e. Use of others ideas as ones own themes, compositions or class assignments. CHAPTER SIX CHOICE OF WORDS A word is a sound or combination of sounds that can be used to express ones heart content in relation to aim and objectives and goals. It is represented with symbols. For one to be a creative writer, he must: i) ii) iii) Understand some of the words pronounced like another but with different meaning Must spell correctly the words chosen He must avoid grammatical error

When a writer is satisfied that his writing is clear and correct, he should write it in its serial form. He must write carefully, make the work as neat as possible, and include a proper heading and proper margins. He must also add details that would clarify his ideas. He should check for materials that are unrelated to the topic or purpose and delete those references.

CHAPTER SEVEN WORD FAMILIARIZATION To ensure familiarization, the creative writer is expected to spell, read across the words as to write effectively. He must be conversant with homonyms which are words with similar sound but different meanings. An effective writer must select the correct word that corresponds with the thoughts he wants his write-up to convey. CHAPTER EIGHT SPELLINGS To spell is to place the letters of words in the appropriate order. There are various ways to improve spelling mastery. They are: 1. Proof-reading all your writing 2. Learn to look at the letters in a word and divide the long words into parts and notice the arrangement of letters in each parts 3. Ensure you keep your spelling errors 4. Maintain a close practice of your spelling difficulties 5. Commit to memory and practice few rules of spelling. CHAPTER NINE THE USES OF CAPITAL AND SMALL LETTERS Capital letters are used to: Mark off the beginning of a sentence Differentiate proper nouns from common nouns Indicate other words that deserve special attention CHAPTER TEN MASTERING PUNCTUATION MARKS 1. 2. 3. 4. The full stop (.): This is an end mark, sometimes called period. It marks the end of a sentence. The semicolon (;): This is used to connect independent clauses that are closely related in meaning The comma (,): This separates words or group of words so as to make a sentence clearer Apostrophes (s): It is used to indicate possession.

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Quotation marks ( ): This is used to indicate the exact words of a speaker. Colon (:): It is used to direct attention to what follows. It is used between chapter and verse in Biblical references between titles and subtitles.

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Contraction (Im): This is a shortened form of a word, a numeral or a group of words. Brackets ([ ] ): Brackets are used to enclose an explanation or addendum within a quoted parentical material. Parentheses (1905 1910): It is used to enclose material that is added to a sentence but is not considered of major importance. Hyphen (-): It is used to join compound words like bye-bye. Dashes ( ): Dashes are used to show an abrupt break in thought or speech. The dash shouts to create a dramatic pause for an expression needing more emphasis.

CHAPTER ELEVEN WRITING OF MINUTES According to Nwosu (1996:25), he opines that minutes refer to a summarized record of the proceedings of all that took place during a meeting. The best approach to minutes writing is the summary approach. Minutes serve the following purpose: Good record of a meeting for future use, Serves as an effective information source about the meeting for those who were not in attendance It reminds those who were not in the meeting what transpired in their absence.