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What is creative writing
« on: 07/06-05:14 »

What is creative writing and how is it different from other forms of writing? The question is asked often and can elicit a wide range of responses. To put it simply, creative writing is going beyond the facts, to create a narrative in your own words. Generally it’s considered going outside, what are considered, technical forms of writing. Realistically though, there is no clear line to define what are considered strictly technical forms. If you present a technical document in a way that makes it more interesting, than it normally would be, is that creative writing?

Some might say, creative writing is about imagination, and that’s partly true. But all the imagination in the world doesn’t do a writer any good, unless they know how to communicate effectively. The key to creative writing is, knowing how, to make something interesting. This may vary greatly, depending on the audience. What makes a story exciting to a thriller enthusiast isn’t necessarily the same thing a fan of romance novels looks for.

When most people think of creative writing, they think of fiction and the creation of stories but creativity comes in many forms. You can have the driest facts yet make them interesting in the way they’re presented. It’s creativity that makes one news story, more interesting than another, yet both deal with the same facts. Journalism isn’t considered creative writing but making a news story interesting is all about creativity. Technical forms of writing, like journalism, can be much more difficult to make interesting because you’re limited by the subject matter itself.
 
Can we define specifically what makes something interesting? Science says we find people with symmetrical features attractive. We find sounds pleasing when placed in sequence or in harmony with other sounds. Can the same be true of concepts, ideas and information? If we were writing a spooky, scary or horror story would we start with cold imagery and go towards warm ones or the other way around. A writer builds imagery for the reader, painting pictures, thoughts and concepts for their mind’s eye. Often said to be showing not telling, the story. If it’s a scary story, the author uses ever darker imagery and settings. They often create the idea there is something out there and it’s getting closer to our MC, and the reader.

Understanding your reader and learning how to manipulate their own imagination is what creative writing is about. That does take imagination, creativity and inspiration but it also takes an understanding of how to communicate effectively with your intended audience. This communication requires a personal insight into a reader’s expectations and desires, which in most cases, are the same as the author’s. An author who loves his chosen genre, writes from the heart.

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« Reply #1 on: 01/25-05:13 »

Creative writing is telling a story with words.

Instead of a dry factual summary -

"The Hero kicked a Bad-Guy's ass and then hide from his enemies until making good his escape."

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Hero charged into a blocked ally bringing the mugger to bay.  Seeing the Mugger staring stupidly at the wall, was a too good an opportunity to pass up and before he knew it Hero drew back his foot as if about to long kick a soccer ball and brought it forward kicking the Mugger right in the ass.

The Mugger screamed his voice rising two octaves right before he slammed face first into the brick wall blocking the alley.

Hardly able to believe his Luck the Hero was about to unleash a world of hurt on the mugger, teaching him a lesson he'd never forget when he heard the footsteps of what could only be the rest of the Mugger's gang nearing the entrance to the Alley.

Quickly stepping into the shadows and silently covering himself with trash, Hero allowed only enough space between two boards of cardboard for his eyes to see through.

"Where did he go, Mugger my Brother?" asked one of the shadowy Gang Figures.

"Argh!" Mugger said incoherently, while still clutching himself protectively.

"Damn it what if he has Sidekicks, we've got to split," cursed Gang Figure, "come on, before the Cops get here."

A pair of Gang Figures grabbed Mugger under the armpits and beat a hasty retreat.

As soon as he figured they were gone, Hero cautiously crawled out of the trash and slipped off into the night.  He hadn't done quite as much damage as he would have liked but anytime you got to beat down the Forces of Evil, kicked their ass and walk away to brag about it in the Pub later was a good day.

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Both tell the same story but the 'creative' account is longer and more... creative.

Is the cliche story of some 'Hero' kicking the ass of a 'Bad Guy' new and original?  Nope.  But it is creative.  At least a lot more than 'he came, he kicked ass and he left.' 

If you want to see if you have the ability to tell a story and you have kids, grand kids or just plain little children running around.  Do this.

Start out by telling a classic bedtime story.  The Three Little Piggies and the Big Bad Wolf, Jack and the Bean Stalk, Gulliver's Tales, or Little Red Riding Hood.  Start out with this simple change.  Make the names of the piggies or red riding hood, or jack into the children's name.  And start telling the story.  After you've told it a few times with character with 'Kid A's' name always getting tricked by the Big Bad Wolf or chased by the Giant, the child is going to remember and say no I won't go into see grama or when he/she in the story says, What big Eyes you have, the kid will say It's the big bad Wolf!  Instead of telling Kid A no this is hte story instead tell them:

Okay Little Red Sally says 'you're the wolf!'  Now is when you become the story 'creator' and not just 'teller'  You have everything you need to continue the tale.  You know what the wolf is going to want to do, what the Red Riding hood would want to do in the story and you know your audience, the Child you've been telling the story too.  Now the wolf can stop his lines and immediately give chase.  And the story continues.  but what if the kid says I try to hide in the house.  Or whatever.  You simply incorporate it.  now you are telling a version of Fan Fiction.  Do this enough and you bored little children who now know they can influence the story by avoiding the scary parts are invested in new outcomes so they can triumph because its not Little Red who's being chased is Kid Sally A and that's scary.

If you can do that.  Change a small little childrens tale to let your kids do something outside the parameters of the story book, then you have all the imagination you need to write a book.  Just just have to grow it and exercise it like you would any muscle and before you know it all you're left needing is the determination to slog through the actual process of writing novels.  Which is pretty darned boring.  I mean to sit there and type and work.  As for being creative and imaginative  D&D worked for me, but anything as simple as letting your children 'choose their own' fairy tale adventure is all you need.





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« Reply #2 on: 03/06-08:19 »

I've gotten turned off on series that over focus on a large multistory arc, especially when it involves some super villain. When I read or watch a series it's for the characters, the writing and how interesting the stories are. When I have work at keeping up with what going on, it takes the enjoyment out of it.

I want a smooth, interesting read. If I'm having to stop and figure out if I've missed something or the story type deviates from what I'm used to from the author, then I get turned off. In mature series it's not usual for writers to get carried away trying to keep it fresh, which is usually when I start looking for something else to watch or read.
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« Reply #3 on: 05/03-07:05 »

Creative writing is any writing that goes outside the bounds of normal professional, journalistic, academic, or technical forms of literature, typically identified by an emphasis on narrative craft, character development, and the use of literary tropes. Due to the looseness of the definition, it is possible for writing such as feature stories to be considered creative writing, even though they fall under journalism, because the content of features is specifically focused on narrative and character development. Both fictional and non-fictional works fall into this category, including such forms as novels, biographies, short stories, and poems. In the academic setting, creative writing is typically separated into fiction and poetry classes, with a focus on writing in an original style, as opposed to imitating pre-existing genres such as crime or horror. Writing for the screen and stage—screenwriting and playwriting—are often taught separately, but fit under the creative writing category as we
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« Reply #4 on: 05/08-02:24 »

I've always thought it would be fun to take a stab and writing a screen play.  I'm not sure I'd be any good at it but it might be fun!


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« Reply #5 on: 05/09-09:38 »

I've always thought it would be fun to take a stab and writing a screen play.  I'm not sure I'd be any good at it but it might be fun!


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My brother helped his friend with a couple screen plays. He got $18k for for a couple of sight gags. He invested the money in stocks. On paper he's now worth over three million dollars. There is a lot of money in screenplays if they are ever produced.
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« Reply #6 on: 05/09-18:45 »

My brother helped his friend with a couple screen plays. He got $18k for for a couple of sight gags. He invested the money in stocks. On paper he's now worth over three million dollars. There is a lot of money in screenplays if they are ever produced.

That would be a dream senario.  Personally I'd just have a blast being involved with something that went to TV.  Say a netflix series or better.



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« Reply #7 on: 05/09-21:23 »

That would be a dream senario.  Personally I'd just have a blast being involved with something that went to TV.  Say a netflix series or better.



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My brother thought it cool to be on the set a couple times while they filmed the movie. He got me a crew sweatshirt. His friend was David Loughery. The Movie was Star Trek V. One of the gags my brother wrote was Scotty saying he knew the ship like the back of his hand, just before he hit his head on a bulkhead. Unfortunately, they had a falling out shortly after the movie was finished.
 
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« Reply #8 on: 05/11-09:59 »

My brother thought it cool to be on the set a couple times while they filmed the movie. He got me a crew sweatshirt. His friend was David Loughery. The Movie was Star Trek V. One of the gags my brother wrote was Scotty saying he knew the ship like the back of his hand, just before he hit his head on a bulkhead. Unfortunately, they had a falling out shortly after the movie was finished.
 

Neat.  That was a great line.


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« Reply #9 on: 05/14-22:54 »

Neat.  That was a great line.


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He was always good at coming up with gags like that. He and his friends in high school would make horror movies that weren't too bad. They made a pretty realistic skeletal corpse with rotting flesh and maggots. Used to freak people out when we'd drive around with it sitting in the passenger seat. But he was never a good story teller.
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« Reply #10 on: 05/15-20:35 »

He was always good at coming up with gags like that. He and his friends in high school would make horror movies that weren't too bad. They made a pretty realistic skeletal corpse with rotting flesh and maggots. Used to freak people out when we'd drive around with it sitting in the passenger seat. But he was never a good story teller.

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