How to write and how to speak have a strong similarity. Both are modes of communication. The first thing we learn during growing up is speaking. Anybody can speak, unless otherwise his/her ability of speaking is impaired. Speaking is the first step. How to speak is the second step and introduces dimensions of speaking, such as ordinary speaking, reckless speaking, serious speaking, articulated speaking, and so on.
There is difference between dancing, and how to dance. There is a dancer and a professional dancer. We can say the same thing about how to write. First, there is the ordinary way of writing, such as letter writing, report writing, speech writing, and so on, which can be carried out by any ordinary person. However, when we talk about how to write here, we focus on an advanced way of writing. To say Simi is a writer means that he is not an ordinary writer, but a person who engages in writing.
Generally speaking there are two types of book writers. There is a writer who writes non-fiction works, such as History, Geography, Cooking, Philosophy and so on. This type of writing is based on compiling the book from notes the person has read from books relating that subject. This can be done by any serious person who has studied the subject and compiled enough material to put it in a book form.
The second type of book writer is the one who sits down and thinks out a story. He creates the story from nothing, just like a music composer or painter whose works are made out of no outside materials. A creative writer brings into existence works of pure imagination based on principles or experiences of living. This is, by no means, he is not an ordinary writer but a special writer. That is the reason creative writers are regarded as the real writers.
How to write invites you into the seriousness of looking for a style of writing capable of delivering your message to your audience effectively and interestingly. Creating writing is actually a form of public speaking.
Supposing you are invited by someone to address a public rally somewhere. Let that place be the Uhuru Gardens. You arrive at the place and you are welcomed warmly. The place is full of thousands of people waiting to hear your speech. Definitely, you are absolutely on your own. You can’t borrow the style of addressing them from anyone. You must find a way of holding their interest in listening to you, failure to that they will start complaining and walking away, leaving you embarrassed.
The manner in which you will deliver your subject will determine your success or your failure. In other words, you must think creatively in order to build their interest in listening to you. Again, how much you will impress them stands as a relative term. You can impress them mildly or superbly. To impress them superbly you must employ superb style. Of course, the subject matter of your address will contribute a lot to building their interest listening to you. You may be a specialist in the subject at hand, but you may have difficult in delivering the information efficiently because of the way you present it.
The different between creative writing and public speaking is that in writing you don’t see your audience. That, to begin with, is a great challenge to your presentation. In public speaking you can tune yourself according to their response, which would tell you when you have made an impressive mark. But in creative writing their reaction is not there to inspire you. So, if they don’t inspire you, why do you think they should take interest in what you are saying? Surely, they can’t take interest in your book because it is a book. What is crucial is the contents and style of presentation.
If you want to write a love story between Nina and Tom, don’t forget that there is very little people don’t know about falling in love. So, it is easy for them to trash what you say unless it is delivered in a special way. The depth and style of your presentation can make people be excited in reading your love story even when they know a lot about how men and women fall in love.
You can’t read about that depth and style anywhere. It is you who can build it through practice and understanding of human behavior. Don’t forget that people read books because of different reasons. Mainly, they read in search of knowledge and entertainment. You must, therefore, be equipped with enough knowledge and entertainment more than the ordinary person which would sustain their interest in reading your work.
Don’t fool yourself that you can deceive people to read your book simply because it is a book. Even the first page can put off the reader. But, equally so, the first page can entice the reader to read the next page; and that next page can court the reader to read the third page; and the third page must show reason why he should read more. A successful writer is a practical psychologist.