What is Creative Writing

Overview

You can take classes in it, you can earn a degree in it, but the only things you really need to do it are your creative thinking and writing tools.

What is creative writing

Creative writing is writing meant to evoke emotion in a reader by communicating a theme. In storytelling 

Types of creative writing

Novels  Short stories Poetry Plays, TV scripts, and screenplays

Creative nonfiction

Personal essays Literary journalism Memoirs Autobiographies Humor writing Lyric essays

Tips for writing creatively

Give yourself time and space for creative writing Get to know yourself as a writer Challenge yourself  Learn from other writers

Give yourself time and space for creative writing

It’s hard to write a poem during your lunch break or work on your memoir between calls. Don’t make writing more difficult for yourself 

Get to know yourself as a writer

The more you write, the more in tune you’ll become with your strengths and weaknesses as a writer. You’ll identify the kinds of characters, scenes

Challenge yourself 

Once you know which kinds of writing you struggle with, do those kinds of writing. If you only focus on what you’re good at, you’ll never grow as a writer. Challenge yourself 

Learn from other writers

There are lots of resources out there about creative writing. Read and watch them. If there’s a particular writer whose work you enjoy, 

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