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Creative Writing

Creative Writing

 
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Author: Nikki Hansen
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To discuss the differences between academic and creative writing and to introduce/discuss different genres of creative writing.

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What is Creative Writing?

Creative writing(s) encompass all fiction, poetry and even non-fiction pieces that exceed the boundaries of normal professional, academic and technical forms of literature.

Works that fall inton the creative writing genre include: novels, epics, short stories, memoirs, personal journals, poems and stage/screen writings.

What is the difference between creative and academic writing?

Academic writings are usually confined to a standard format and a particular topic (example, an essay written in MLA format about the themes in Of Mice and Men).

Creative writing is more free form and isn't bound by academic guidelines. In other words, creative writing is a means of expression that does not have to adhere to academic guidelines.

While creative writings don't adhere to a standard format, they do have a structure. Creative works are generally far more complicated than 5 paragraph essays and consist of conflicts, characters, dialogue/dialect, character descriptions, endless adjectives and scenic descriptions, as well as following grammar rules.

What are some examples?

Novels: Harry Potter, Twilight, Lord of the Rings, Frankenstein, Princess Diaries, Pride and Prejudice

Short Stories: The Cask of Amontillado, The Tell-Tale Heart, Young Goodman Brown

Memoirs (creative non-fiction): Wild Swans, Under a Cruel Star, Where She Came From, The Opposite of Fate, A Child Called It

Other Creative Non-Fictions: A Million Little Pieces, Love and Consequences

What is a Memoir?

What is a memoir, and how do you write one? Watch this video to find out!

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    Sniffles Dogg over 3 years ago

    Why is the sky blue?

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      Scott Earl answered 6 months ago

      The blue color of the sky is due to Rayleigh scattering. As light moves through the atmosphere, most of the longer wavelengths pass straight through. Little of the red, orange and yellow light is affected by the air. However, much of the shorter wavelength light is absorbed by the gas molecules.

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    Meghan Hatalla almost 4 years ago

    "...aside from grammar and proper punctuation, of course" - This might be one of those "know the rules before you break 'em" kind of things, but doesn't an example like Faulkner prove that proper grammar & punctuation aren't always necessary in writing?

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      Scott Earl answered 6 months ago

      On one hand, I agree...but on the other hand, punctuation is essential to helping readers navigate the writing. It helps readers know where to pause, where to contemplate, and where an idea ends and makes way for a new idea. In literature, I think punctuation is for this very purpose. It is not because of some rather arbitrary correctness that is to be achieved. Grammar is also a tool. It is important to know bad grammar as well as good grammar if you are going to do anything close to heterogeneous characterization.

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