Imaginative Composition - English Form 4 Functional Writing Notes

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Imaginative Composition

What is an imaginative composition

Imaginative compositions are writings that you formulate from your mind.

Mental pictures that are translated into words, not necessarily of things that have happened to you but rather of things that have not.

You lay out an amazing story for your readers that flows and makes them want to read till the end, and even at the end, they don't want the story to end.

Writing an imaginative composition, such as a short story, poem, or creative essay, allows you to unleash your creativity and craft a piece of writing that engages the reader's imagination.

Sometimes beginning an imaginative composition is the hardest, and here are some interesting ideas on how you can creatively begin an imaginative composition.

Start with a speech.

example: "Money is the root of all evil, for with the desire for money comes corruption," the priest said while holding the Bible in front of him and shaking it with fury. It was a bit ironic that after saying money is the root of all evil, the priest would then ask us, the congregation, to give some money to the church. Maybe that money... (This is an example of an imaginative composition on the corruptive power of money.)

Can you write that composition and make it fun to read?

Start with a question.


What was I thinking? What had I done? I wish I had listened to my teacher. But as it was, I couldn't turn back time. This is an imaginative composition about learning a bitter lesson.

Start with a description.


It was one of those days. Sunny, beautiful, and the air crisp and cool. a cool breeze, making that heat tolerable and enjoyable. One of those days where you don't even think anything bad can happen because it's simply such a beautiful day, but that day when I felt my soul was full because of the lovely environment I found myself in was the day the most unexpected tragedy occurred to me (this can be an introduction to a story about the day you were kidnapped but managed to escape).

Start using dialogue.

You are conversing with someone else, or two of your characters are dialoging.


"Shhhhh," Dan said as he crouched in front of me in the bedroom closet. "Stop moving about and don't make a noise. "Okay, Dan, I am scared," I responded, trying but failing to keep the tremble out of my voice. (This can be an introduction to a robbery story.)

Start by describing a character.


My sister had always been a beautiful woman. Tall with dark melanin skin and long hair, everyone always commented that they wished they had it. She always attracted admiration and envy in equal measure. As a result, she grew into a... (This can be a story about the cost of beauty.)

How to write an imaginative composition

Here are some steps and tips on how to write an imaginative composition:

  1. Choose your topic or theme:
    Start by selecting a topic or theme that inspires your creativity. It could be a personal experience, a vivid dream, an interesting concept, or a simple image that captures your imagination.
  2. Create compelling characters:
    If your composition involves characters, develop them in detail. Give them names, backgrounds, personalities, and motivations. Make your readers care about what happens to these characters.
  3. Develop a strong setting:
    Describe the setting where your story takes place. Use vivid imagery and sensory details to help readers visualize the world you've created.
  4. Build a plot:
    Develop a plot that has a clear beginning, middle, and end. Introduce conflict or tension early on to keep the reader engaged. Consider using plot devices like twists, suspense, or foreshadowing to create interest.
  5. Use descriptive language.
    Engage your readers' senses with descriptive language. Paint pictures with words by using vivid adjectives, metaphors, similes, and other literary devices. Show, don't just tell, your story.
  6. Establish a tone and mood:
    Decide on the tone and mood you want to convey. Is your composition humorous, mysterious, romantic, or dramatic? Consistency in tone helps create an emotional connection with your readers.
  7. Craft engaging dialogue:
    If your composition includes dialogue, make it natural and purposeful. Use dialogue to reveal character traits, advance the plot, and create tension or conflict.
  8. Edit and revise:
    Writing is a process, so don't expect your first draft to be perfect. After completing your initial draft, take the time to revise and edit your work. Check for grammar and spelling errors, and refine your prose for clarity and impact.
  9. Seek Feedback:
    Share your composition with others for feedback. Constructive criticism can help you improve your work and identify areas that may need strengthening.
  10. Title and Formatting:
    Choose a captivating title that gives readers a hint of what to expect. Format your composition appropriately, considering factors like font, spacing, and paragraph structure.
  11. Read Widely:
    Exposure to different genres and styles of writing can stimulate your own creativity. Read books, poems, and short stories by a variety of authors to expand your literary horizons.
  12. Stay Inspired:
    Keep a journal of ideas, observations, and snippets of conversation that inspire you. Inspiration can strike at any time, so be ready to capture it.

Sample Imaginative Composition

Ending with, I wish things did not end like this.

As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a warm, golden glow over the tranquil meadow, I couldn't help but reflect on the day that had unfolded before me. It had been a day filled with unexpected twists and turns, a day that had altered the course of my life forever.

I had embarked on a journey that morning, not knowing where it would lead me. With each step, I ventured deeper into the heart of the forest, its towering trees and dappled sunlight creating an enchanting world of mystery and wonder. I felt a sense of exhilaration and an awakening of my spirit as I explored the hidden paths and secret clearings.

And then, amidst the whispering leaves and the gentle hum of nature, I stumbled upon a clearing unlike any other. In the center stood a magnificent tree, its branches adorned with shimmering crystals that caught the sunlight and scattered it in a dazzling display of colors. It was a sight that defied explanation—a sight that seemed to hold the very secrets of the universe.

As I approached the tree, a figure emerged from the shadows. Her presence was ethereal, and her eyes were filled with ancient wisdom. She spoke of magic, of dreams, and of the power that resided within us all. She offered me a choice—a choice that would forever alter the path of my life.

With a heart full of hope and a sense of destiny, I made my decision. I chose the path of adventure and wonder, of dreams and possibilities. And as I reached out to touch the shimmering crystals, a rush of energy coursed through me, filling me with a sense of purpose and joy.

But now, as I stand here in the fading light, I cannot help but wonder if I made the right choice. The world around me has transformed into a place of uncertainty and chaos. The very magic that once filled the air has waned, leaving behind a void that seems impossible to fill.

I wish things did not end like this. I wish I could go back to that moment in the forest, to that choice I made with such optimism and excitement. I long for the days of wonder and enchantment, for the dreams that once danced on the edges of my consciousness.

But as the darkness deepens and the world shifts around me, I must carry the weight of my decision and hope that, one day, the magic will return and the world will once again be filled with the enchantment I so dearly miss. Until then, I can only hold on to the memory of that fateful day and whisper to the wind, "I wish things did not end like this."

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