Creative Writing

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. Works which fall into this category include novels, epics, short stories, and poems. Writing for the screen and stage, screenwriting and playwriting respectively, typically have their own programs of study, but fit under the creative writing category as well.

Creative writing is easy, natural, healthy, sociable, cheap and accessible. Writing is easy because most of us today are educated enough to put thoughts down on paper. It is natural because to want to make sense of our lives and times is what makes us human. It is good for you because to seek to understand the world around us is to begin to change it. People who write live longer, more fulfilled lives that those who don’t. This is because we are already turning our dreams into realities. Writing is socialable because writers gather in groups and classes in addition to working alone. Plus we collect stories from family members, workmates, passers-by or people in cafes. We can’t help getting involved in the lives of others even if we work on the material we gather on our own.

The only reason not to write is if you simply want to get rich. Writers write because they have something to say, money is a bonus. You should write because, if you are a writer, you’ll be vaguely miserable if you don’t.

If that describes you, then you might as well get on with it. All you need to write is a pen, some paper or maybe a laptop and a place to go. And it doesn’t need to be a particularly quiet or private place. you can write on the train, on the bus, in a cafe, during breaks at work, in bed. You don’t need to be in perfect health or even physically fit. You don’t have to have a degree. You don’t have to be young or good-looking. Writing is completely democratic, so what is stopping you?

Sometimes it will feel like there are too many writers in the world and far too few readers. Writers are unique among artists because of their symbiotic relationship with individual readers. They must somehow entice readers to pick up their work and spend time with it alone, despite all the many competing pressure that might come from family and work.
That can be hard. But if you work on your craft, and always remember that your stories have the same validity as anyone else’s then you will get noticed. All writer must face rejection; it’s part of their job. In fact, this may be good, you have to learn to write smarter, to grab the attention and not let it go.

Find a voice that is uniquely yours. Stick to it. Grow with it. Tell the stories that only you can tell and eventually the doors will open.

One question you will have to ask yourself before beginning to write is :What kind of work is this? Below is a brief description of the various forms of creative writing.

Poetry: A poem is a tightly structured exploration of a single powerful idea or image. A poet may or may not use rhyme, but will certainly use a range of rhythmic devices to give the work impact. Check out the seperate talent page for Poetry.

Novels: A novel may be a literary work essentially a book that seeks to entertain and enrich through its use of language as well as by its story or a more straightforward genre work like crime, thriller, romance, historical drama, etc. It will be driven by strong characters in conflict with one another, or with the life they are forced to lead.

Plays: Plays are about characters forced to act because of pressures from their own nature, or because of outside events. The dialogues in a play exists to give actors something to do, rather than something to say.

Screenwriting: Screenwriting is the art and craft of writing scripts for feature films, television productions or video games. It is a freelance profession.

Life writing: Life writing is a fluid term used to describe the recording of selves, memories and experiences, whether one’s own or another’s. It is a term deliberately designed to describe many genres and practices, under which can be found autobiography, biography, memoir, diaries, letters, testimonies, autoethnography, personal essays and, more recently, digital forms such as blogs and email

If you don’t know how to get a head start, then refer the book: Get started in Creative Writing By Stephen May.This book covers the basics and will give you a better understanding of the world of creative writing Enrolling to a short course may be beneficial. Finally, you can start blogging your work right here in superblogs. Also join the Creative writing group and share your work with others.