Improving Your Writing Skill with Lateral Thinking

lateralThis is very good methods for the writers. Random entry, provocation, challenge, and concept fan are four of lateral thinking’s techniques. Coined by Edward de Bono, the lateral thinking is concerned with the movement value of statements and ideas, for solving problems through an indirect and creative approach. Lateral thinking is about reasoning that is not immediately obvious and about ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional logic.

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Take A Look Around for Writing Inspiration

Waiting for inspiration

Pretty often, we the writers are attacked by a so-called laziness virus. Doing research for the next story for a time bores us too. It’s stressful! How to make a story without feel it as a burden? If it’s your question (and was mine), here the dos list I suggest:

  1. Go out. Take adventure beyond the routines. Like Jean-Mari Gustave Le Clézio, the 2008’s Nobel Prizewinner in the field of literature, did. It will give you things to write.
  2. Listen to other’s story. You will amaze how your ordinary friends have quite interesting experience. At least, it can be a trigger for your work.
  3. You love the songs? Ok. Listen to the lyrics, not merely the music. Sometime it’s inspiring enough as a starting point.
  4. Or, just take a look around you. Believe it or not, every object near you has a meaning. You just need to be more critical and imaginative about objects that used to be insignificant to you.

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Joking is Easy


By Brahmanto Anindito

No, no, no. I am just joking. Making someone laugh is not easy, indeed. Ask anyone. Basuki, an Indonesian comedian once said, joking is a serious business. I always believe that. Most people love to be amused, to laugh or smile at something funny. Only very few individuals refuse humor. That is why authors always put certain humor, even within the serious story. It is important to make a character or two acts hilarious and loose the story’s tense for a while.

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