The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword: Tips and Tricks on How to Become a Better Writer


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The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword. A new mini series.

Emma Rodriguez, Writer

At ILS we have a creative writing class that is taught by Mrs. Ana Roman-Gonzalez. Her students are very dedicated to their work and would love to share tips and tricks they have learned in the classroom to new, aspiring writers.

“Always try new things that can help you get inspired whether it be going for a walk, watching people interact with one another, or reading a book. Try to have an open mind; you never know when inspiration is going to strike,” advised senior Cecilia Sanchez.

Creative writing is a fun way to express yourself though different forms of writing. For example, short stories, poetry, and or script writing. It’s a way to relax and let your creative juices flow to create something unexpected.

“Do not try to force yourself to write if you are not in the right mindset because sometimes it’ll just come out sounding like gibberish,” said senior Katrina Diaz-Balart.

The purpose of creative writing is to both entertain and share human experience, like love or loss. It’s a writer’s attempt at getting to the truth about humanity through poetics and storytelling. Emotion is always a great motivator to get the creative wheels turning, whether you’re writing a poem about your first heartbreak or a short story about Greece.

“When it comes to writing a story or a poem, the first thing I do is create a movie scenario in my head. Coming up with fictional characters and thinking about what could appeal most to a general audience is next. I always try to consider what ideas or themes people can connect to the most, hoping to leave the reader with a sense of satisfaction and understanding,” explained sophomore Natalia Marrero.

The most important thing though, is to have a great teacher that you can connect with and can teach you in a relaxed and creative environment. Mrs. Roman-Gonzalez is definitely someone who can teach and bring out that creative side of students. So, if you want to be the next Quentin Tarantino and write the next blockbuster film, sign up for the creative writing class at ILS.