Creativity is a gift. Some are born with it, some cultivate it, but for the most part, it’s a trait that is so powerful when expressed. Like any expressions of creativity, creative’ words’ can transport the mind and stir the soul to a different setting, creating a hideaway, not only for the one writing, but also for the one absorbing every written word.
This week’s highlight will be on Creative Writing. Unlike what was initially planned, I am not going to restrict reviews from any of the sub-channels. Writers have been invited to send in their reviews about their favorite ‘creative writer’ or links to pieces of CW that has impressed them.
Before the reviews begin, it would be worth the while to reflect on Rex Trulove’s feedback.
“Hands down, I’d say Kat Apf. She is modest, yet her work is fantastic. She doesn’t like me mentioning it, but CW wouldn’t be what it is without her. In the words of John Rozen, the former GM for Helium, and a man of few words, “If you like the CW channel, thank Kat. She IS the CW channel. “
Let’s give it up for Kat Apf, fellow writers and friends. Hip, hip, hurrah!
To complement Kat for her outstanding work at the CW channel, and to Helium at large, I have chosen a writer for ‘Writer of the Week’ who is a big fan of Kat. He says, and I quote, “Thanks, Kat! You made me what I am today: in that you collected various half-rotten human body parts and sewed them together to create me. I thank you for that. I do.” It’s none other than the King of Flash Fiction, Channel Manager, Alistair Marquise (aka James Gray on Facebook).
Moving on, Alexandra Heep has not one, but two favorite writers.
"Scott Scherr is a poet I met in the Helium café long ago. He is a quiet, unassuming person whose poetry I find superb but I do not think he gets enough recognition."
" Jon Coe used to be a regular but like many, real life takes him away from his passion so I would like to feature him. Helium thinks he is good too as they published him in a book with collective poems. "
She recommends that you read:
Poetry: Greed - by Scott Scherr
Poetry Being Content - by Jon Coe
Glory Lennon has been very generous with her reviews too. She doesn’t limit herself to just one writer’s work, but believes that there are many out there who should be noted for their creativity.
1. Jim Bessey, "Although quite busy with that pesky thing called real life and making a buck, still finds time every once in a while to pen a heartwarming story. He's also encouraged many others to do their best, me included! He's really given me great advice over the years. He's the big brother I never had. Love him to pieces!"
2. Olivia Bredbenner, "always gets to the heart of any topic she catches. She always makes you feel what she feels. A wonderful gift!"
3. Diane Quinn: "A humorous woman who can get you over the grumpies without much trying. Most times she'll leave you actually laughing out loud."
4. Alistair Marquise: "Is the master of Flash Fiction. He can take a story and twist it so you feel totally wrung out. Don't know how he does it!"
5. Julie Helms: "Has a wonderful knack for telling a story especially those for children. Perhaps she's s kid at heart!"
Novel excerpts: Unfinished business - Alexandra Heep
Essays: Love and Alzheimer’s disease - Olivia Bredbenner
Poetry: My pen - Olivia Bredbenner
To conclude the contributions of reviews, M.J. Joachim offers her support to writers of the CW Channel. She writes,
W. Diane Van Zwol : "With over 800 articles on Helium, Diane has contributed nearly half of them to the creative writing channel. Diane's poem, Heaven is a relatively short piece, considering the deep meaning revealed therein. It has a unique way of showing that preconceived notions about anything, are often useless. Similarly, Diane's short stories and flash fiction pieces like Teachers, are strong and powerful. Readers can tell she chooses her words carefully and with great purpose, making them all the more intriguing for her fans."
Amanda Dcosta "Mandy's work is thoroughly researched, intuitive and inspirational. Her CW particularly stirs emotion and addresses human need. Mandy's CW invokes a spiritual element, allowing us to pause and think about things more intensely. One of my favorites is her poem, Blessings. However, I would be remiss if I didn't mention another story, Reflections: Jigsaw puzzles. As you can see, Mandy has a special way with words. I'm one of her biggest fans because she's genuine and causes me to look deep into my own heart."
As per M.J’s request, I have added my poem ‘Blessings’.
Blessings flow in various ways
it’s there for you to see
That He the Maker in His wisdom
One gentle smile is all you need
to freshen up your day.
Or hear a word of comfort
for when you go astray.
What makes the world go round and round
or stars be in their place?
What makes the rain fall from the sky
or forest fires ablaze?
It's not important what we see
As long as we know that
there is a hand that's marvelous
like a magician’s hat.
For, out of it pops loving hearts
Yet we do not see them around,
We look for wealth with greed.
Priorities on worldly things
Is what captures our hearts
and eats into each of our souls
Shredding us all apart.
If only we could all focus
on love, the greatest gift!
Then all our worldly problems
on heaven's wings will lift.
Then difficulties all around
Will only be but checks,
To ensure that our visa is stamped
No objection required.
For in the end material wealth
will fade in love's bright light.
As we with unison will sing
to our Maker's delight.
Creative Writing Guides
I personally recommend the following titles for more enjoyable creative expressions.
Memoirs: Dating horror stories - Alexandra Heep
Short stories: Dinner with your ex-wife - Glory Lennon
Poetry: Mannequins - M. J. Joachim