8 Guiding Principles Making a Creator Proud of His Work


The things and attitudes that make the creators such as writers, musicians, artists, etc. proud of their works are discussed below.

1. Principle of Originality of Work


A creator of anything in creative arts must as much as possible be original in his work. He must not copy someone else’s work. That is to say, he should not quote accordingly the previous published work.

This is an effort to obey the copyright laws. In this sense, there will be no element of PLAGIARISM and copying other people’s work.

The essence of originality is that it gives the creator the advantage to feel free at home in whatever he creates.

There will be no element of duplicating of ideas in his work. He would also be proud of whatever he creates when he is original and not be guilty of his conscience.

2. Principle of Usefulness to the Society

The main objective of creating anything in creative arts is for the work to be useful to society either immediate society or society at large or the entire world.

A piece of work in music, writing, or fine art that is not useful to society is not standard enough.

Society may recognize the author or creator of any work. The creative arts should aim to perform this major function in his creativity.

He warns society and makes everything reliable in his work. Thus, any work in creative arts must have a THEME. No derogation of anything!

3. Principle of Null Derogation of Anything or Any Person in the Community

Any work in creative arts should not gear towards derogating, degrading, slanting, or shitting in the community. The creator must put in mind that this work should be functional for nearly everybody in society.

His work should not directly ridicule anybody in society. By not derogating, anybody in the society will give room to the majority of the people in the society to admire and appreciate his work.

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If anybody is offended in society by his work or he destroys anybody in society, such work has not been guided by the principle of no derogation.

In satire, artists should be careful in criticizing the society in the community. Names of characters should be carefully chosen in the satirical work so that nobody is easily attached with such names from any piece of arts either MUSIC or LITERATURE or FINE ART. We should not easily affiliate any life character.

4. Principle of Simple and Correct Language

Any creative art has its own language. Apart from the real language in which that an art is created, there is the phenomenon of specific form of the language for any creative art.

A creator of any work or art must choose simple and correct language for his work. He should also understand the language of his work.

In literature, especially the English, an artist should be simple and understood by pupils or students in lower level of systematic education. His language must not be mixed except where he is writing a bi-lingual genre of literature.

The vocabulary and the choice of words must be simple and explicit. In fine arts and crafts, any artist or musician must be made to talk in understandable language.

It must be able to communicate in right language. In music, sorrowful pieces of music must be composed in sorrowful words and melodies as well.

Triumphant music should be made or composed of words and melodies that explain high success.

5. The Principle of Characterization

By characterization, we mean giving of the people in any creative art, their physical output, their names and their behaviour generally in whatever we find them.

The character or people in any creative art should not be made to be identical with the various characters we have in the community.

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The social family background and totality of whatever a character is regarded as CHARACTERIZATION.

They are those things that make a human being whatever it is, culturally as well as, his occupation, dressing, ceremony and tradition. A whole of other traits of culture should be considered when giving a person his character in any work in creative arts.

In a satire, the author or the creator should be very careful not to wrong anybody in the society.

6. Principle of Revelation of Proper Understanding of One’s Discipline

A creator of any work or genre of literature in music or any work in Fine Art and Craft should be structured in the right format expected of such work.

The way a prose is different from the other the structure of poetry. The structure of drama is also different from the other. The structure of music either wording of a song or the notation of a song in SOLFA or STAFF notation should be understood by the composer.

The structure of Fine Art and Craft should be proper and understood by the artist. It is paramount for every artist to properly reveal some standards and structures in his work or at his discipline in his work.

7. Principle of Readiness to Welcome Criticism

A creative artist must be ready to welcome criticism from the society. The criticism might be derogatory or constructive.  It might be contributing and positive.

When it is derogatory, he should make corrections. When it is contributory and positive, it should not over-exercise his job and thereby destroy his work.

For derogatory criticism, the artist may offend the critic whose criticism if well taken could implore his creative work.

8. Principle of Admiration of Other People

A creative art of any work of the creative arts should learn to admire other people. He should learn how to appreciate the effort or the output either in his discipline the effort or the output if other either in his discipline in the creative arts.

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He should praise the effort of other artist. He should not be envious of the artist. He should love the achievement of others either in his discipline or other discipline in the creative arts.

By this, he would be able to encourage other artist and indirectly encourage himself. An artist should have it in his mind that nobody is mister-know-all.

We do not create in a vacuum. We use other people’s experience or whatever we gain from society as over-stepping stone for any creativity.

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