Definition of Creative Writing

By Josh Steele
In Creative Corner
Apr 7th, 2011
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definition of creative writing

Defining Creative Writing

Creative Writing can be defined as,

“A form of writing that expresses writer’s feelings, emotions, experiences, ideas, or thoughts obtained at a conscious or subconscious level. It is more driven by the writer’s need to “express”, and is generally articulated in the most unique, inventive, and poetic way”.

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“Creative writing is considered to be any writing, fiction, poetry, or non-fiction, that goes outside the bounds of normal professional, journalistic, academic, and technical forms of literature”.

Styles and Forms of Creative Writing

Creative writing is a term used to distinguish certain types of writing styles from writing in general.

All writing can be considered as “creative writing” including journalism. While journalism is labeled as something that cannot come under the same banner as creative writing, a journalist too goes through the creative processes inherent in all of us.

How to choose an event to report, how to write it up and how to present it, all become at some level, part of the creative process God has gifted us all with. Even a daily column in the local newspaper can become a great example of creative writing.

There is no set standard that guarantees success and no set formulas for you to follow. Having the ability to put your thoughts down on a piece of paper is the beginning to writing. Each individual is unique, so is their creative process and so will be their creative writing style.

The Creative Thought Process

The only achievable here is how you actually develop and channelize your creative writing skills based on your own creative thought process. Creative writing courses are increasingly becoming popular, ranging from a few days workshop to a college or university degree.

Online creative writing courses, seminars, and workshops are one of the easiest ways you can rely upon to help let your creative juices flow freely. Creative writing softwares are an additional aid that could spur up your creative work flow.

Imagination and Expression

The other most beneficial practice that always yields results is an eye for creative reading. When you combine both, you will always get better results. After some time, you will begin to notice how freely your thoughts, experiences, and feelings are flowing towards better creative writing ideas, while other literary circles or even your friends waste time in discussing how creative writing cannot be taught.

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