What Does Creative Writing Involve?


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Lucy Burroughs Profile
Lucy Burroughs answered
As the name implies, creative writing involves using your creativity to write a story, poem, script, or even song lyrics.

'Creative writing' is a term used to describe any writing with a focus on literary craft and technique. This type of writing is inventive in nature and usually takes the form of a piece of fiction.
Creative writing can be about any topic. The best creative writing is often based on the writer's own personal experience, or on a subject that the writer is passionate about (or familiar with). When in the middle of a project, writers often find that their writing is nothing like what they envisaged, and will describe their work and characters as having 'come alive.'
Unfortunately, the writing process is not always this easy. Sometimes, you'll find that you lack ideas, or the words just won't sound right. This is known as writer's block.

Elements of Creative Writing

  • Character
  • Plot
  • Point of view
  • Setting
  • Themes
  • Style

Creative Writing: Different Types Of Fiction

The term 'fiction' is used to describe any writing that is at least partially invented, and therefore non-factual. Consequently, all fiction falls into the category of creative writing; fiction writers must pay attention to literary elements such as character, plot and style.
Stylistic choices are not always made consciously; we don't always think about why we structure sentences in certain ways when we speak, and creative writing is no different. Sometimes these choices are made just because they feel 'right.'

Here are a few different types of fiction:
  • The novel
  • The novella
  • The short story
  • The play (or drama)
  • The poem
  • Screenwriting (for film or TV)

Creative Non-fiction: Factual Writing

Creative non-fiction is essentially a factual piece of writing that draws on the literary techniques more commonly associated with fiction. Standard non-fiction focuses on informing or educating the reader, whereas creative non-fiction also aims to entertain and interest them.

The following types of writing sometimes (but not always) fall under the 'creative non-fiction' umbrella:
  • Autobiography
  • Travel-writing
  • Food-writing
  • Memoirs
  • Literary journalism
Louise Gorman Profile
Louise Gorman answered
Creative writing is basically expressive writing and does not involve writing articles or any other form of technical writing. Creative writing includes poetry, fiction, drama, film writing (screenwriting), autobiographies.

Creative writing can be studied at university, and usually lasts for three to four years. These courses can help writers to gain knowledge of how the publishing industry works, as well as helping them to learn how to gain ideas.

You do not need a creative writing degree to be an author, though it may worth considering taking a course to gain some knowledge of what creative writing involves and how to structure your work.

There are also short courses available for people who wish to gain a little more experience in creative writing and courses are a good way of meeting other writers and sharing your ideas with them.
May Otto Profile
May Otto answered
The Creative Writing program at the New School offers a course of study leading to the MFA degree, with concentrations in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for children.
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May Otto commented
Here is the link for the New School creative writing program info
Megan goodgirl Profile
Megan goodgirl answered

Creative writing is when you use quotations in your story, and write how the characters feel. As you write think of what you want to add in your story. Become your own writer with your vivid imagination.

Reilly Jacobs Profile
Reilly Jacobs answered

Creative writing is a technique in which writer shows our special skills and new ideas about a particular topic. 

shahid tauqeer Profile
shahid tauqeer answered
It is a term used to distinguish certain imaginative or different types of writing from technical writing. The use of specificity of the term is partly intentional, designed to make the process of writing accessible to everyone (of all ages) and to ensure that non-traditional, or traditionally low-status writing (for example, writing by marginalized social groups, experimental writing, genre fiction) is not excluded from academic consideration or dismissed as trivial or insignificant. This distinction is helpful in separating the writing from more technical writing, professional writing or journalistic writing.. Any novel provides an example of what creative writing is.

Thus, creative writing includes but is not limited to:
• fiction;
• drama for stage or screen;
• poetry;
• screenwriting — writing for films;
• self-exploratory writing (e.g. autobiography);
• creative non-fiction;
• writing that self-consciously mixes these or other genres.

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