Three Rules of Creative Writing

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Rule One

It’s exciting, when we do creative writing
Inspiration igniting ideas like lightning
In a poem or a song, don’t worry what word belongs
Your opinion is impossible to get wrong
Brainstorming ideas is how art is made
Raise your hand, write it down, no need to be afraid
We really want to know what you think
The only answer that’s wrong is an answer that’s blank

Rule Two

Creating something new can be stressful
Having the right attitude can help you be successful
Edison’s attitude helped him not go berserk
“I didn’t fail a thousand times, I found a thousand ways that didn’t work”
So don’t worry that the word, phrase or sentence isn’t right
Every idea you put out there can spark another light
This is the rough draft nobody sees
Writers don’t make mistakes, we make discoveries

Rule Three

Do you have a diary, notebook or a journal
To make sure your bright ideas don’t stay internal
Make sure you have a place to write ideas down
Once you see them on a page they’re easy to move around
You can revise, remix, rethink and edit
Best of all, you won’t regret it because you won’t forget it
To make sure your idea can evolve and spread
Do not edit in your head

1. Remember; when your teacher asks you to write creatively, he or she wants to know what you are thinking. You cannot possibly get that wrong so write something down.

2. When you write down this answer you might not like it. That does not mean you wrote down a wrong word. You wrote the words that will lead you to the words you we looking for.

3. Make sure you have some place to write your ideas. Be it a notebook, a journal, a diary, a tape recorder, a hammer and chisel. Any way at all just do not edit in your head.


from Baba Got BARS, released August 3, 2019
Written, performed, produced, recorded and mixed by Bomani Armah. Backing vocals by Olu Armah and DeLa Armah


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Baba Bomani, aka the Watermelon man has been using hip-hop, poetry and multi-media disciplines to teach fun and informative workshops with all ages from kindergarteners to graduate students for well over 15 years Bomani . Here you can find his hip-hop music for kids as well as teaching materials showing students the writing process through hip-hop! ... more

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