By Martina Etresa
Edited by Meenal Luthra
Creative writing can be considered a craft or art because its focus is significantly on feelings, emotions, and thoughts. According to Wikipedia, creative writing is deemed as "any writing that goes outside the bounds of normal, professional, journalistic, or technical forms of literature and is generally identified by an emphasis on narrative craft and character development." This doesn't necessarily mean that this form of writing doesn't have its own set of rules, because they are definitely there and can be a useful tool for guiding writers.
Well-established works of creative writing include poems, short stories, memoirs, novels, and many others. Each of these have ladders to climb as they are written.The main focus is on the rules as one's writing and they tend to forget that the characteristics of the writer are consequential for everyone who wants to invest time in this art. One’s mentality has to be set accordingly for their words to be powerful enough to have an effect on the audience of the work.
Although writing did begin with simple pen and paper, the craft does not simply revolve around the actual writing. A true writer holds characteristics and practices that distinguish them from everyone else. Writers cloak cold hearts and extinguish burning flames, for their muse is the world.
Humility is paramount as one starts to write; for a writer must have knowledge and virtue. One of the sundry of reasons young writers tend to fail is because of the lack of rationality behind their process or technique. Your work is bound to go astray if the intention is not identified at the start. Write for self-discovery and not to be discovered! Produce introspective and original content - success will surely follow.
Furthermore, curiosity is an influential aspect that a writer will develop. A writer ought to have the desire to know more and more with every passing day. Look beyond the surface and make an effort to dive into the deep end of matters. Just as the writer feeds their alimentary canal, they must feed their brain as well. Reading other people's work through newspapers, magazines, novels, or practicing thoughtful listening and speaking is idealistic.
In addition, writers should practice journal-keeping. Write down all the thoughts and ideas, and environmental observations that catch your sight in a journal. A journal is akin to your second brain and it is therefore advisory to carry one everywhere you go. Many budding writers forego carrying journals because they worry how those around them will react or what they will think. One shouldn’t focus on lurking eyes, but instead on their own goals!
Developing these growth-oriented characteristics and behavioral patterns, in addition to following the technical rules present within writing itself, ensure success in the world of creative writing!
So what are you waiting for? Jump on the next bus of your creative writing journey!