The Secret Society of the IAA

Having trouble with creative writing? Or are you having the opposite experience, when "Something" also known as the Cheetos gods at work, try to give you signs at 3:38 AM Tuesdays Central Standard Time, allowing you to fashion a masterpiece? Well I can answer both questions; sort of. I am a creative writer, and I write poems and essays, but I try to write short stories yet they often turn out to be mini novels. I feel that in my future I want to become a writer. Yet if one is a beginner, one must learn how to harness the creativity in oneself. I am going to do the impossible, try to standardize this creativity inside all of us. Hence I bring to you "How to make your creativity work for you through writing," other wise known as the three steps of creative writing, Inspiration (the beginning), Articulation (the writing), and Allocation (the expression). Yes those words need to be capitalized because they all end in "-ation" which comes after every critical word, and it is the premise of the Secret Society of the IAA.

"Inspiration is key to writing successfully." (I should mention that all quotes in here are especially written for this essay and are mine.) If you are writing something for a class, it is what the teacher wants you to learn and spit back to her. (I do not want to hear about anyone spitting at any educationalist because of this essay.) You lack will and inspiration to do the paper, so you procrastinate until midnight before it is due and you stress out about it. It is probably horrible and you are praying for a C. Creative writing is not at all like that. If you linger when you feel like writing, that idea is gone in a flash and you cannot remember it at all, which is a tragedy. That might have been your Pulitzer Prize winning book. Write ideas down so you will not lose them or forget them. Find the inspiration, and write down your ideas, because that is the first step to channel creativity. I could be doing something completely routine, like being in a supermarket pushing a cart, when yogurt in the dairy section inspires me to write a tribute to cows, but I do not have a pen with me, so that idea is dropped-- fortunately at times. This is a type of inspiration, and lucky for you Inspiration has many forms. Listening to music, praying, television, anything could be a trigger to get your mind going. Observations about the world are another example. However, it comes when it does, and you cannot force Inspiration to appear like your fairy godmother. I learned this the hard way. Writer's block is all about losing the frame of mind, and Inspiration in your soul, which is the key to writing a successful piece, whatever that may be, using what language you wish, unless you break the Bronze Rule.

"Articulation is as unique as you are." This is the soon to be infamous Bronze Rule. So you might speak in slang, whether ghetto or surfer, or you may converse in symbols every other word "@#!$*&%", or you might verbalize in a foreign tongue. It does not matter, whatever gets you through the day. However there are "don'ts" but one must develop common sense about language when writing something. Big words are for research papers, to impress teachers and intellectuals, but smaller ones get to the point of your audience, whoever that may be. Do not use a word like "enormous" to say "big" in a book for kindergartners because they probably cannot pronounce "spaghetti." (Nor could they read it). Just use your common sense, or otherwise you will end up looking foolish using the wrong words. Yet use whatever writing style that fits into your thoughts and that target your audience, or if you decide to ignore this section, do not complain when the publisher reads your work and it ends up in the garbage.

"Allocation, Allocation, Allocation." Forgive the real estate pun, but distribution of your writing is important if you want it to be published. If writing is not your cup of tea, then that is ok. See with writing, you may compose for people, or you can write it for yourself. That is good about the freedom of creative writing. You may share it with the world, or with a few close friends. However if you are like me, and want to share it with the world, then you must publish it. Start small though, and take it to a teacher for an opinion. Some magazines have poem corners where you could submit things, or even a reader's prose, which is usually a short story. I read the prose in the popular magazines, and I could never publish some of my stuff since it is long-winded fantasy science fiction. However, the world is at your fingertips on the internet, where there are many websites devoted to writing and the creators of the world. Get your message out loud and clear.

These three principles are the Secret Society of the IAA and what it does. The members rarely meet, and if they do, they might even not know they are apart of the same club. The IAA is not exclusive, but inclusive, and anyone who is a writer or want to better themselves at language may join. There are no fees, no rules, and no restraints. Let your soul be free in the world around you, in whatever way you want to be. The rewards are extraordinary, and do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Allow the Cheetos gods to flow in your mind, but do not forget to get some sleep.