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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:
Creative writing is any form of writing which is written with the creativity of mind: fiction writing, poetry writing, creative nonfiction writing and more. The purpose is to express something, whether it be feelings, thoughts, or emotions.
Rather than only giving information or inciting the reader to make an action beneficial to the writer, creative writing is written to entertain or educate someone, to spread awareness about something or someone, or to express one’s thoughts.
Posted by Melissa Donovan on October 21, 2014 ·
25 creative writing prompts to inspire and motivate you.
Don’t you just hate writer’s block? Some say it’s a disease that only creative workers succumb to. Some say it’s a curse. Others argue that it doesn’t exist at all. But just about everyone has been there sitting in front of a blank screen, fingers itching to create a masterpiece. And nothing happens.
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.
Our God is extremely creative - He is our Potter that molds & shapes us! His Word is filled with creative stories & parables that teach His truth! God reveals Himself in and through His creation and also through His Word! Creative Bible lessons are all around us! I like to call them "Godprints" !
It was important to us as Christian parents to instill a love for God and His Word into our four children. Therefore, we always looked for creative ways that would help them not only learn what the Bible says, but also live it! We want the Bible to be a window for them to not only see God, but to also know Him.
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Writing short stories means beginning as close to the climax as possible everything else is a distraction. A novel can take a more meandering path, but should still start with a scene that sets the tone for the whole book.
A short story conserves characters and scenes, typically by focusing on just one conflict , and drives towards a sudden, unexpected revelation. Go easy on the exposition and talky backstory your reader doesn’t need to know everything that you know about your characters.
Creative writing prompts can be great tools to help you get your creative juices flowing. Grab a spiral notebook and scroll through the prompts below till you find one that looks interesting, then start writing. You’ll find new prompts added here each month.
1. Every morning it was the same thing for Martin Hedges. He’d put on a pot of coffee and get dressed as he waited for the coffee to brew. But today, things would be different