In her creative writing workshops British author Clare Wigfall read out the really short story „Safe“ as an example of a dystopian story, meaning a story which takes place in a really undesirable (negative) future society. The pupils were taught how to start writing a (dystopian) story so here are some examples of creative texts, introductions as well as finished stories (on Friday we’ll publish a really long one, definitely worth reading!!!).
It was the day I met him, like everyone did this day. It was a meeting I never had expected. I thought him being far away.
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The events themselves may be very interesting, or exciting, but without the universal human connection they will not engage our attention in any real way.
Many people tend to confuse the theme of a story with the plot. To learn about the difference between theme and plot click here.
What is creative writing? Is there a correct definition anywhere? That is what I hoped to find when I Googled the term “creative writing” a while back. But the answers were disappointing for me as a pure beginner, and puzzling. Here’s what is written as a definition for creative writing in Wikipedia:
“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 anything where the purpose is to express thoughts, feelings and emotions rather than to simply convey information.
I’ll be focusing on creative fiction in this post (mainly short stories and novels), but poetry, (auto)biography and creative non-fiction are all other forms of creative writing. Here’s a couple of definitions:
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I want to write a book about my life and how organ donation has changed my life for the best. I don’t know where to begin! You opinion will be greatly appreciated.
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