Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Creative Writing...Or Writing Creatively

The definition of creative writing is writing that expresses ideas and thoughts in an imaginative way. The writer gets to gets to express feelings and emotions instead of just presenting the facts. 

Defining Creative Writing

Imagination, as defined by Merriam-Webster Online

a : creative abilityb : ability to confront and deal with a problem :resourcefulness imagination and get us out of here>c : the thinking or active mind : interest <stories that fired the imagination>
a : a creation of the mind; especially : an idealized or poetic creationb : fanciful or empty assumption
What a wonderful thing, imagination. Without it, there'd be no wheel. Man wouldn't have gotten curious about what was on the other side of the mountain or what mysteries could be found on the other side the really big, deep puddle. Imagination took us off our planet to explore the moon, and keeps us exploring space. Goes hand-in-hand with a healthy dose of curiosity. 

Imagination is what prompts us writers to write. Curiosity often fuels our need to finish the story. Curiosity to see how it will all turn out (even if you're a plotter, and most especially if you write by the seat of your pants...), coupled with the imagination that envisioned the story to begin with? Powerful. Compelling. CREATIVE WRITING.

I've learned over the years that the more I write, the more I evolve. My writing voice is unique to me, as yours is to you, as Nora Roberts' is to her, as Stephen King's is to him. I've discovered the greatest harm I can do to myself as a writer is to compare myself to BNA's and my writing friends, because when all is said and done, we are all unique in our gift of storytelling because our imaginations are all unique to us. 


The greatest rules of dramatic writing are conflict, conflict and conflict.
~James Frey

The story is not in the plot but in the telling.
~Ursula K. LeGuin

A story isn't about a moment in time, a story is about the moment in time.
~W. D. Wetherell


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