As of late, I have been debating as to whether or not I should once again dabble in some creative writing. I mean, technically speaking, I suppose my blog is a form of creative writing, and I, therefore, engage in it on a daily basis. But, I personally wouldn’t loop my blog in with creative writing in my own mind, mainly because I try to keep my blog posts around 300 words to refrain from losing the attention of readers. When I think about creative writing, I’m thinking more along the lines of a short story type of thing.
The beauty of creative writing is how much damn freedom exists within it. I don’t think a lot of people realize that quite literally anyone can become a creative writer – whether or not your works are published is a different matter, but regardless of the quality of your writing, if you’re practicing creative writing for you and only you, there really isn’t a right or wrong way to do it.
I would encourage everyone to try creative writing at least once in their life simply to immerse oneself in a safe space for creative bliss.
As an example, to demonstrate the flexibility that comes with creative writing, take a look at the following writing prompt I came up with:
“I heard a scream.”
From this prompt, a creative writer, really, could take this in just about any direction they so desire. Their short story, using this prompt, may look a little something like:
“I heard a scream. I couldn’t tell where it was coming from, but it sounded like it could be Anna. She’s always screaming about something, that one. She probably got her pants caught on the chain fence when she tried to hop over, following me, trying to tag me as out in our game.”
Or, perhaps the writer is thinking something a little more dark and sinister:
“I heard a scream. I whirled my head around, hair catching in my eyelashes, and I saw her. Standing about thirty feet away, on the cusp of the forest, her eyes widened in fear. She was looking at something beyond where I was standing, and when I looked back to figure out what it was that she was screaming at, it was too late. It was already on top of me.”
Do you see what I mean when I say there really isn’t a right or wrong way to write creatively? The entire process is about creativity and allowing your writing to go where your mind takes you. Have fun with it and trust the process.