Writing Using Art and Music
|Writing Using Art and Music|
Below are paintings and works of art that can be used to teach writing.
This is an especially powerful tool when combined with music. The more
the senses are involved, the greater the brain stimulation. This will
result in more creativity and imgination which will segue into
quality creative writing. This writing will be unpolished, but by
applying the Ten Commandments of Writing, the compositions will
improve in sharpness and in quality. Soon the Old Boy Academy will recommend musical pieces to accompanythe art works. Later specific lesson plans / ideas will be added.
from an Old Boy Professor
Ten Commandments of Writing
Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Be it resolved that the following be obeyed when
putting quill to parchment.
1. Avoid the verb “To Be” whenever possible.
Use strong, vivid verbs.
ex: He is a big eater.
Better: He stuffs down three meals a day with snacks between
2. Avoid “there is, are, were, was”
Not: There will be a club meeting tomorrow.
Better: The club will meet tomorrow.
3. Avoid the passive tense; use the active.
Not: The car was driven by Sebastian.
Better: Sebastian drove the car.
4. Avoid intensifying adverbs such as “very, extremely.”
Never use ”real, really.” Avoid “like.”
5. Avoid the impersonal “you” and the personal “I”.
Do not use the “royal we”--leave that to kings and queens.
6. Avoid verbosity and excessive words.Be concise and specific. Use the triad.
7. Do not use “nice, good, bad, -thing, always, never, etc.”
Use precise, vivid words. Be concrete.
Not: She is a nice person. Better: She possesses compassion.
Not: The food was good. Better: The steak was juicy.
Not: The movie was bad. Better: The movie had banal dialogue.
8. Never use cozy hesitators such as “Well”, “I think”, “In my opinion”.
Everyone thinks and whatever you write is your opinion.
Never blueprint yourwriting.
9. Do not use jargon or cliches.
10. Be concise, concrete, clear. PROOFREAD your work.
The Old Boy Academy is grateful to Prof. Tom Noel for his idea
on the Ten Commandments of writing. As they are commandments, they should be obeyed. Doing so will result in lucid, sharp, and well-written compositions.