The Truth about Creative Writing
Creative Writing Defined
The Different Types of Creative Writing
- Fiction . Of course, fiction is the most recognized form of creative writing since the stories begin in your imagination.
- Journals and diaries . Most people don't think of this as creative writing, but keeping a journal or diary (for personal or family history reasons) is just as much creative writing as any other form.
- Blogs . Let's face it. Blogs have changed the way we read the news and also given us insight into the things that interest us and the lives of those people who interest us.
- Articles . Articles may contain facts, but creativity is put into constructing and writing them in a way that will interest the reader.
- Screenplays . What's the funniest movie you ever watched? Did you ever think about the writer who created the screenplay?
- Nonfiction . It's the same as it is with articles. The facts inside a nonfiction book or story may be true, but a lot of creativity goes into making it fun and interesting to read. It's a safe bet that you've never read a nonfiction book that put you to sleep.
- Memoirs . Whether you're writing your own or someone else's, this is another form of creative writing.
- Poetry . Poems are probably one of the most artistic forms of creative writing, because of the imagery they evoke when written well.
The Value of Creative Writing
It's a great thing if your goal is to become a published writer, or even a well-read blogger or journalist. But that should not be your only reason for writing. The writing world is highly competitive, and it's extremely critical. Even the best-known, most popular authors papered their walls with rejection slips, or lived as an unknown for years before they rose to popularity. That said, anyone who starts creative writing simply because they think their writing is so different or special that everyone will instantly fall in love with their words is headed for heartbreak. It's a long road to that point, and it's filled with potholes.
The real value of creative writing lies in the enjoyment you get from it, as well as the enjoyment the people closest to you will get from it. You can publish you own blog and only have 20 people who read it faithfully.Guess what? That makes you successful if you enjoy writing it, and those that read it (no matter how many or how few) enjoy it as well.
Creative writing is our escape from our worlds. It's also a way to document the things that go on around us. Even a short story you write, then cram into a drawer, will have value to those who read it years from now. It will tell them a story about you, the things that were on your mind, and the world around you at that time. Think of the classic books from writers such as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Think of nonfiction biographies like that of Ann Frank. Even if your work is never widely read or published, it will have value to those who read it now – and even more value later as a historical account.
But more than anything, as we said before, the true value of creative writing is the enjoyment that you get from it.
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