What is Creative Writing?

Also known as “the art of making up things”, creative writing as crucial part of today’s society. This article will use famous examples to showcase what really makes the art of creative writing successful and what it is made up of.

Introduction into Creative Writing

You might have heard creative writing being called different things. So, what is creative writing? Well, this is an art of all kinds – it is an art of writing. It is writing done not in a technical or academic way, yet is able to appeal to a wide range of audiences. Though its definition is somehow loose, creative writing can be considered any type of writing that is self-expressive and original, for the most part. A news article, for instance, can’t be considered as a piece of creative writing because its main focus is not to relay the feelings of the writer, rather present facts.

The goal of a creative writing piece is to relate to its audience through human experiences and to entertain. Creative writers try to get a truth about human beings through storytelling as well as poetics. If you would like to give creative writing a try, be sure to keep in mind that whether you’re trying to express a thought or a feeling, the first crucial step is to always use your imagination.

You will find that creative writing is commonly used in:

  • Plays
  • Poetry
  • Television and movie scripts
  • Songs
  • Fictional stories (short stories, novels, and novellas)
  • Memoirs
  • Speeches
  • Personal essays

As evident from the list above, some non-fiction types of writing can as well be considered as creative writing. Personal essays and memoirs, for example, can be creatively written to inform your audience about your life in an entertaining and expressive way. Taking in mind that these types of creative writing are written down in first person view, it is quite easier for them to be very creative.

Editing closely relates to both general writing and creative writing and should be understood in order to achieve a well written and engaging piece of content.

Some types of techniques used in creative writing are as follows:

  • Character development
  • Underlying theme
  • Plot development
  • Dialogue
  • Anecdotes
  • Figures of speech
  • Emotional appeal
  • Imaginative language
  • Point of view
  • Heavy description
  • Metaphors and similes
  • Vivid setting

Creative Writing Examples

Songs and Poetry 

A song or a poem tends to be more mysterious, or elusive, because it doesn’t have unlimited space. However, due to its spatial limitations, it can end up making leaps in time and subject, and it does not really have to depend on narrative structure. In songs and poetry, literary devices, such as metaphors and similes, may at times be used in order to take the reader to surprising places. One great example of this is Sylvia Plath’s ‘A Life’ poem opening part:

  • Touch it; it will not shrink like eyeballs,
  • This egg-shaped baili-wick, clear like a tear.
  • Here is yesterday, last year
  • Lily distinct and palm-spear as a vast flora
  • Windless thread-work of a tapestry

Notice how shocking this comparison is – how it captures the attention of the reader immediately. The goal of the image of this poem is to basically build from the idea of life being the same as an eyeball and make the reader really want try to visualise it.

Play and Fictions 

On the other hand, a play or a novel has a lot of time to unfold. So, fiction normally contains character development and plot. You want your story to attract and captivate readers, as a creative writer. You also want to establish a good relationship between the characters and the readers as well. To be able to do this, you will require both emotional and physical details so that your readers are able to empathize with whatever pain, pleasure or action the characters undergo. To use an example here is an excerpt from Great Expectations – a novel by Charles Dickens:

“There either is or isn’t, that is the how things are. The color of each and every day. The way I felt to being a child. The salt water on your sun-burnt legs. At times the water is red, and at other times it is yellow. But what color it may be in mind, will depend on the day. I am not going to highlight the whole story as it happened. I am just going to narrate it to you the way I remember.”

The voice of the character in the above quote is quite captivating. Not only does it sound honest, it is also a little haunting and very thoughtful as well. The fore-shadowing of what truly transpired will want to make you as the reader continue reading and the character who is being created is one that every reader will want to learn and know more about.

Summary

Creative writing is the art of capturing human emotion and enabling the reading the relate to an emotional sense. However, great creative writers should always be able to consistently form content which engages the reader through numerous approaches. To be able to achieve this, you have to try to capture a human truth or an emotion through creativity and imagination.

Creative writing does not include technical or academic writing since the two types of writing can’t include made up material and aside from that, they lack the ability to express the feelings or writers.

Creative writing is aimed at trying to captivate an audience by creating a thoughtful or emotional appeal. However, it is how a creative writing piece is written that is going to determine its overall effect on the minds of the readers. Some kinds of creative writing, such as songs and poems, lack unlimited space and thus tend to be less narrative, but more mysterious.

Types like plays and novels have more room to explore plot development and character. Creative writing can be for anyone; all that is called for is having something to write about and imagination as well. Not only can creative writing be a great entertainment outlet, it can also be therapeutic too. In fact, many psychologists have been recommending creative writing to examine and express feelings.

In this art of making up things, you only need to make use of your imagination, pretend anything you wish, and help your readers to do the same. Once you do this, your creative writing juices will flow automatically and you no doubt come up with a great piece of engaging writing.

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