Post 473 –by Gautam Shah


Expression is the chief purpose of creative composition. Expression comes through when the writing is well structured. A structured composition expresses one theme. And since the theme relates to some happening, it must be scaled in time and space. Spoken word is an expression in time due to its sequenced output. Similarly a written composition is spatially set.

Surya (Sun) God on Chariot -illustrations in a Hindi book India

This natural temporal and spatial qualities are lost out when the expressions are recorded and randomly accessed. The random access is centered on a sub topic or sub-part, so as to may be a quick draw due to its immediate relevance to the drawee. Such instantaneous referencing may not reflect the central concept of the whole document.

Sage Valmiki composing epic Ramayana India

These types of random referencing can still be flavoured, through processes of creative writing. For writing the contents are focussed in several ways. In this article THREE such methods are discussed, other Four to SEVEN will be presented in the next article. 

This article in continuation of earlier >> Creative writing ( )

1 – TIME AND SPACE ORDERING: The contents are sequenced, with time as the operative element. The time is apparent in sequencing of events, time-related measurable changes, accelerations and deceleration and for cause-effect presentations. In speeches, the pause is an important time section for concepts to sink in, allow the audience to respond (clapping, thumping or noise to die down), or enhance the delivery of next expression. Audio-video presentations are synchronized to beats, or tempo-pitch of the delivery. Background noise and music are scaled to the nature of contents.

The contents are Space formatted, i.e. graded linearly or branched like a tree to establish an order of relationship among the topics. Such spatial ordering is used to highlight or amplify certain sections as well as to demarcate sections. Other spatial formations are based on some value judgement system. Data base management presentations use such value-based derivations. Spatial formations such as tables, matrices, etc. are used for data management in spreadsheets.

Parchment scroll 13th C

New topics are started on a fresh page or under a fresh heading. Spacing between paragraphs, serves the same purpose. The speaker takes a pause to initiate a new topic. Audio-video presentations have insertion of dummy frames of graphics or pictures to relieve the tedium. Categorization, tabulation, sorting, are common to present concepts in their logical relevance.

Jean Miélot (1472) author compiling the famous Miracles de Nostre Dame

The time manipulation hastens or delays the delivery to allow the audience (and mechanical means) to perceive, record and digest the contents. The space management spreads or squeezes the mass of contents, thereby its clarity.

The street side letter writer

2 – ORDER OF CONTENTS: An expression can begin as an inquiry in to seemingly an unordered arena and conclude a definitive proposition. Other way round, the expression can state a hypothesis or belief, and proceed to present the evidence in support or against it. The third method is hybrid, as it starts by analyzing a happening with all the cause-effect contexts.

Ming Dynasty China wood carving books

3 – SUPPORT FROM OTHER MEDIA: Emphasis by support from other media is exploited to not only enhance the contents but also the presentation style. In writing and print media some of the typographical tools used are: underlining, bold printing, fonts’ sizes, font styles (plain, italics, small caps, with serif, sans serif, etc.) Other graphical tools include insertion of graphs, charts, illustrations, etc. within the document matter. Multi media presentations have more than one media (like static pictures, movies, 3D effects, animations, sound clips, body vibratory systems, olfactory and taste fortification systems).

Oration – Recitation

In oration and recitations, some speakers boost the delivery with body gestures, repetition of words or sentences, pitch variation of voice, use of rhymes, rhythmic, metre oration, poetical recitation, etc. The information gets registered easily when supported by visuals such as tables, charts and graphs, picture slides, movie or video clips, animation. Learning frames or interludes are subtly included to lodge the contents easily into the minds.