What Is Creative Writing?
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believe ALL writing is creative (a nice short sentence
to get the ball rolling). Journalism is a different
form of writing in
that it merely reports the facts of a particular event.
However, I believe even journalism can fall under
the banner of
creative writing; because it still utilizes one's
HOW you choose to report an event and the style you
write in (more on style coming up in a later lesson).
is meant to be completely objective; yet often the
reporters come through in their writing. It is very
hard to avoid
I would regard (or define) creative writing as "fully
using a person's inherant creativity' through the
amazing power of the creative imagination (subconscious
mind) in putting words to paper to tell a tale, or
attempting to get a message or
moral through to one's readers."
just wrote that in response to a query from someone
doing a thesis)
To continue after that rather long-winded definition...
be a published writer is one of the most rewarding
occupations and pastimes - both financially and creatively.
I find it a very satisfying and enjoyable activity.
I can't teach you how to write, let alone how to be
a writer. I don't have all the answers. All I can
do is give you some tips and guidelines that I've
learnt over the years (starting from the beginning
of my writing "career" with writing "stirring" letters to newspapers in South Africa), which hopefully
will make it a lot easier...if that is what you really
want to do.
They are all based on what I have learnt by doing
it myself - usually through the long process of trial
and error. I hope this information is interesting
and helpful to you in your quest to be a writer and
Firstly (and most importantly)...
There are no ABC's in writing - there is no set formula,
which guarantees success. Everyone is a unique individual
with their own gifts: their experiences, perspectives
and highly individual style of writing. I believe
having the ability to put words down on paper is only
the beginning to writing. There is a great deal more
to be learned on the techniques, which I've developed
over the years. Hopefully, by the end of this course,
you'll be able to look back and see how much your
writing has progressed, which gives me great gratification
- nice long word that, like marmalade!). We all have
our own particular style of writing. As you'll see,
I use a particular style in this course; however the
style in my novels is completely different. In this
course I try to inform and entertain at the same time,
through "light, breezy" writing (no wind,
My main aim in this course is to help develop your
unique style of putting words to paper, as well as
giving you some practical tips that I've learnt (especially
from writing for the last six years). I believe that
writing courses and workshops (such as offered by
the polytechnics here in New Zealand) can improve
your writing - as long as the basic talent, your gift
is there. Online courses through the internet can
be a great educational tool (at a greatly reduced
cost). Well I have to say that, don't I?
All writing courses can help develop your skills by
enhancing your creative powers, if you have the DESIRE
to learn and grow (even dwarfs!). Why do you want
to be a writer? What is your biggest motive you think?
Write a few sentences on this to clarify your thinking
and give you something to aim for in your writing.
For example do you want to write for pleasure or for
profit...or perhaps both. I find writing my thoughts
down, focuses my thinking. What are your attitudes
to writing and what are your writing ambitions? What
would you like to achieve in the future? It's fine
for your writing ambitions to change over time. Mine
have changed drastically, as well as my "styles";
however right from the start I only wanted to write
for publication - to "make a living", as
well as impacting others - making a difference through
sharing my experiences.
For example, you might just want to "dabble" in a bit of writing for your own eyes, for pleasure;
then write items for close friends or family members.
Then a few years down the track, you might decide
that you want to write articles on your particular
hobby for magazines - for MONEY. Wow! Later perhaps
even a book, as I believe we all have a tale to tell
deep within us.
What kind of writer do you want to be? Do you want
to write for pleasure and/or for profit? I believe,
if you write for pleasure, you'll be happy doing what
you like... and it often leads to profit naturally.
Because when you do something you are good at, it
gives you enjoyment (or when you enjoy some activity
you become better at it). This can often lead to financial
Many top writers and other artists (yes, it is an
art!) earn very good money from doing what they love.
can perhaps write your own life story
I feel that the writer's obligations to readers are
to instruct, entertain or somehow extend one's perceptions
truly want to let the light shine brightly through
my words to
impact and help others ...to inspire people throughout
(sometimes happy and sometimes dark and sad, yet always
beautiful and magical) world. So that as many individuals
as possible may realise the full potential of the
indominitable human spirit and BECOME WHAT THEY ARE
CAPABLE OF BEING.
end off this piece, here are two of my favorite quotations,
that help keep me inspired daily.
"What you can do, or dream you can do, begin
it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it."
- Johann von Goethe
what you love, then you'll never have to do a day's
work in your life."
Van Gogh, that clergyman turned artist, so beautifully
put it like this: "Your profession is not what
brings home your paycheck. Your profession is what
you were put on earth to do with such passion and
such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling."
person born with a talent they are meant to use will
find their greatest happiness in using it."
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Happy writing...creatively, of course!
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