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The Narrative style of Kamba Ramayana

The Showing Narrative of Kamba Ramayana "Bleached bones lay where animals had perished, including those of monstrous serpents with jaws open deadly thirst; into these enormous jaws had rushed (says the poet) elephants desperately seeking shade, all dead and fossilized, the serpents and the elephants alike."  Photo by  Errin Casano  from  Pexels In an earlier post,  Showing Versus Telling   about “showing versus telling’ a narrative style in creative writing.  I wrote there; I was a practitioner and admirer of telling before taking a creative writing course because that was easy, and I hadn't known about showing.  Also, I concluded that showing is a modern narrative style discovered by contemporary creative writers. My curiosity took me to research the ancient work of the Indian epic, Ramayana, to learn about its narrative style.  And the outcome was amazing.   I felt rewarded for getting anxious, and I am happy to share my amazement with my readers. Before I go further, I

Showing Versus Telling in Creative Writing

  Showing Versus Telling The above is a writing rule I learned from my creative writing course at All About Writing. Before I joined the course, I had no clue about the writing rules.  Even after the course, I'm not sure I grasped all the rules, or grasping and practising are two different things.  The template in the post introduces the difference between telling and showing.  What is telling in writing?  As I know it, Telling is an easy method.   You create a scene, and at some point, your character is petrified.  You can use adjectives like angry, troubled, upset, and so on, the reason many of us prefer it.  What is showing?  To show is an effort; we should show the character's reactions on the face, body, voice, and explain the surroundings, the smell, the sound.  Get the reader to engage with all senses for the emotional connection, do not come naturally, need to practise.    It brings specific details about his facial expressions, body language and voice modulations.   To

Chimamanda Adichie-My Favourite Authors

  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie My favourite Authors The photo was taken from her author website Who is your favourite author is not an easy question to answer because of the difficulty to pinpoint one from among the list of the many. But you can list them in the order of your preference. The top on my list is, without a doubt, Chimamanda Adichie.  About Chimamanda Adichie Who is Adichie?  I don't think she needs an introduction to the creative world, but let me introduce her to those who need it.  Adichie is a Nigerian born writer thrown into international fame for her publications covering fiction and non-fiction.  Her work includes Purple Hibiscus (2003), her first novel, Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), Americanah (2013), a string of short stories and a short story collection-The Thing around your neck (2009). She is the recipient of many accolades and awards: The Purple Hibiscus won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; Half a Yellow Sun, the Orange Prize