Creative writing is about using your imagination to express ideas and thoughts in a way that is personal to you. Quite simply, it’s about adding your own ‘flair’ to writing, going beyond the traditional boundaries of academic or other technical forms of literature.

As the name suggests, creative writing is an imaginative process, created by the individual with all their quirks and personalities.

Creative writing doesn’t fit one set genre and therefore there will never be an umbrella definition to describe the ‘perfect’ piece. Just think about a Gothic short story and then compare it to the features of a great Romantic poem – the two are so very different – it wouldn’t be unfair to judge them together.

However, with that being said, there are a few general principles that you can follow to make your creative writing as strong as it can be – by making it as authentic and true to you as possible:

  • know your audience – who are you writing for
  • write what you know
  • creativity is key
  • push your imagination
  • plot a loose story arc

Creative writing is an expressive form of literature; one which demands you to use your own creativity, imagination and story to portray a particular message, emotion, or plot. It defies the traditional bounds of other forms of writing and is completely subjective to our own preferences and experiences.

  • read as much as you can – in various genres
  • journal – write anything and everything but keep writing
  • capitalize on literary devices: metaphors, similes and rhyme
  • never stop writing – write everyday

Writing a good book is harder than anything you have ever worked on in your life.

But it is your story and only you can write it.

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“Linda has published sixteen books. She blogs about the publishing world, posts useful tips on the challenges a writer faces, including marketing and promoting your work, how to build your online platform, how to get reviews and how to self-publish.”