Creative writing: 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. Creative writing is the act of putting your imagination on a page. It’s artistic expression in words; it’s writing without the constraints that come with other kinds of writing like persuasive or expository.
Creative writing is writing meant to evoke emotion in a reader by communicating a theme. In storytelling (including literature, movies, graphic novels, creative nonfiction, and many video games), the theme is the central meaning the work communicates.
Take the movie (and the novel upon which it’s based) Jaws, for instance. The story is about a shark that terrorizes a beach community and the men tasked with killing the shark. But the film’s themes include humanity’s desire to control nature, tradition vs. innovation, and how potential profit can drive people in power to make dangerous, even fatal, decisions.
A theme isn’t the only factor that defines creative writing. Here are other components usually found in creative writing:
Creative writing typically uses literary devices like metaphors and foreshadowing to build a narrative and express the theme, but this isn’t a requirement. Neither is dialogue, though you’ll find it used in most works of fiction. Creative writing doesn’t have to be fictional, either. Dramatized presentations of true stories, memoirs, and observational humor pieces are all types of creative writing. Continue reading from Grammarly
Introduction to Creative Writing (Purdue Online Writing Lab)
Creative Writing Tips from Harvard’s Faculty (The Crimson)
Creative Writing for Dummies Cheat Sheet (Wiley Dummies)
10 Techniques to Spark the Writing (Gotham Writers)
Kurt Vonnegut’s Greatest Writing Advice (Literary Hub)
5 Tips for Writing More Creatively (MasterClass)
10 Favorite Writing Tips from Successful Authors (Writers Digest)
How Creative Writing Can Increase Resilience (Greater Good Magazine)
8 Great Ways to Start the Writing Process (Penguin Random House)