Facts vs Feelings; what is it With Creative Writing?

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Facts vs Feelings; What is it with creative writing

Creative writing is any writing which goes beyond the confines of technical, academic, journalistic and professional forms of articles and it comes out conspicuously with its traditions of poetics and poetry, literary tropes, character development and the emphasis on narrative craft. Considering this staggering definition, it can be possible to categorize feature stories as creative writing despite the fact that they can be considered to be journalistic considering that its content categorically focuses on character development and narration.

In the field of academia, you will find that creative writing has been divided into poetry and fiction with a specific focus on writing in some original style as opposed to mimicking some preexisting genres such as horror or crime. You will find play writing and screenwriting taught as separate entities but are also creative writings.


Creative writing can be taken to be original compositions in the sense that it is an imaginative writing of contemporary and process-oriented happenings which has been christened as literature. In reference to Lou LaBrant and Paul Witty, ‘Foundations of Creativity‘ by Mary Marksberry, note that “creative writing is a composition of any type written at any time aimed at serving the need for individual expression which enhances physical and mental health, sharing experiences with an interested group, and record keeping for some important experience.”


When we talk of literary writings, our minds rush to names like Shakespeare or Wordsworth since we subconsciously associate this term with characteristics such as the expression of humankind’s noblest qualities, creative genius, and artistic merit. It is very true that literary writing stands out from other works by their artistic and creative intent. The difference comes in its appeal which is not selective to some secluded reader faction. Such imaginative writing pieces, besides imparting knowledge, it brings that aesthetic satisfaction in the manner in which it addresses some themes.


With imaginative writing, you not only express life through language as a medium, but you use it more profoundly than you use it merely for conveying information. Perhaps you will need an example for you to figure out what I am trying to put across. Look at these two texts.

i. His hand stopped all of a sudden. He stared at the piece of writing. He sat still for a moment; then he rested his elbow on the curved back of the chair. His face, wrinkled by his emotion, was not a pretty sight as he closely examined my hands and opened his mouth…

ii. Their crumbling marriage can be dated back to that unfortunate episode, but John was happy that Joy had borne a daughter from her marriage to the Indian doctor.

The two texts express the reaction of some character to marital problems which clearly shows disparities in form and intent. The tone in the first sentence is more descriptive and less factual. The writer sets out to depict some scene whereby a man is distressed by the discovery of unpleasant information about her wife and uses the words such as ‘wrinkled,’ the gradual increase of dramatic tension and ‘rested his elbow on the curved back of the chair.’ This is a display of mixed intentions regarding the structure and use of language. This is in sharp contrast with the second sentence which plainly states the position of the marriage of the three parties involved in a gossiping attitude.

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