Introduction to Creative Writing

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What is Creative Writing?
Technically speaking, creative writing is anything that goes beyond journalistic or academic writing. Creative writing expresses thoughts and emotions rather than facts and information. Now in the real world, the methods of creative writing and informative writing often blur together. In order to maintain the attention of the modern reader, writers must learn how to join together the act of informative writing with the engagement and individuality that comes with creative writing. Creative writing can encompass a wide range of genres, from fiction to non-fiction. The purpose of creative writing is to push the boundaries of what has come before, and to challenge what we know as the norm. We can create anything we want to in writing. We can persuade people to new point of view, introduce and expand people’s understandings of the world, and teach them something new.

The greatest part of creative writing is that everyone has a unique and special view that with practice can be shared with the world. No two people will view the world and its happenings with the same eyes and with the same understandings. Writing will allow you to share your special and unique point of view with the rest of the world. The way we communicate is constantly evolving and changing, and we must keep up with it in order to reach as many people as we can through out writing.

How to Begin Writing Creatively?
While the best writing is that which has been finely tuned through years of practice, you must always start somewhere. If you have passion, and a true interest in writing, then you can write. It does not require anything, any kind of special education or experience in writing to begin. The best way to begin creative writing is to start writing. Imagination is your best tool, and that is something that cannot be learned. You are only limited by what you can and cannot believe and create.

In order to actually begin the process of writing, think of a topic to write about. The topic can be anything as grand or mundane as you can imagine, from describing a door to describing the feeling of being in love. Many classes on creative writing will have you starting out doing just that. It will give you a feel for what kind of style of writing you have, and whether or not you even like writing. Many people are in love with the idea of writing, but do not understand the realities of it. Writing is a tedious process of finding the right words for the right times, and how you can combine them to create compelling, special, and engaging works.

By beginning the process of writing, even on the most boring and tedious subjects, you will begin to learn what niche that you enjoy the most. You will discover whether or not you enjoy short stories, poetry, fiction, or even non-fiction creative writing. The only way that you will learn what you enjoy the most is to actually write. It seems counterintuitive almost, but experiencing each subject for yourself is the only way for you to determine what you enjoy best.

Creative writing and reading go hand in hand. Some of the world’s best authors say that reading has helped them become better writers. Reading is how we expand our sense of the world around us, it lets us experience the rainforests of Central America from the comforts of our homes across the world. Without reading our world is significantly limited, and our own skills and room for improvement along with it. Reading is the single most important thing for you to do besides actually writing in order to improve your skills.

Benefits of Well Composed Articles
While the actual act of writing does not require any fine tuning, writing professionally, or even for more than just your own pleasure and hobby requires more skill and craft. High caliber writing requires practice, talent, and imagination. Well-composed articles will attract the attention of readers much easier than those articles that are plagued by mistakes and poor flow. If the reader is distracted by errors in the writing, or by a poor quality of writing, they do not absorb any of what you are trying to convey to them, whether through informative writing or expressive writing. Again, practice and constant editing and revisions are the best way to gain the ability to write well-written articles. You must enlist the aid of trusted friends and advisors in order to edit and revise your work. After becoming so involved in the work, you can no longer see the flaws and mistakes in it that a subjective, non-biased reader will be able to see. You should not forgo this step, as it is the best way for you to learn and expand. You cannot grow and increase your skill set without learning where you are most lacking, and a trusted editor can help you in that regard.

Articles of any nature are meant to give a message, whatever that message might be. For either fiction or non-fiction creative writing, you will want to be well researched, and as informed as you can. Misinformation has no place in creative non-fiction, and will only distract the reader. Worse, you will lead the reader down the wrong path if your talent with words is strong enough to blind the reader from your mistakes. Falsehoods and twisting of realities may be acceptable in fiction, where everything is driven from imagination, but for those creative writing pieces based on truth.

The world of creative writing and article writing are constantly changing, and are intermingling together in more ways. For anyone looking to break into the world of creative writing, for a job or for leisure, practice and aid from others are the easiest ways to help improve your skills. Creative writing can be a rewarding and fun process, and can take you places that you never imagined you could go.