What is Creative Writing (from Online Creative Writing Course)?

Article Title: What is Creative Writing (from Online Creative Writing Course)?
Author: Craig Lock
Category (key words): Writing, Creative Writing, Writing Hints/Tips, Creative Writing Course, Writing Course, Online Writing Course (enough there for now, craig!)
Craig’s new blog with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at http://en.search.wordpress.com/?q=craig+lock and www.craiglock.wordpress.com

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“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

What Is Creative Writing (from Online Writing Course)?
I believe ALL writing is creative (a nice short sentence to get the ball rolling). Journalism is a different form of writing in that it merely reports the facts of a particular event.
However, I believe even journalism can fall under the banner of creative writing; because it still utilizes one’s imagination in HOW you choose to report an event and the style you choose to write in (more on style coming up in a later lesson). Journalism is meant to be completely objective; yet often the biases of reporters come through in their writing. It is very hard to avoid that.
I would regard (or define) creative writing as “fully using a person’s inherant ‘creativity’ through the amazing power of the creative imagination (subconscious mind) in putting words to paper to tell a tale, or attempting to get a message or moral through to one’s readers.”
(I just wrote that in response to a query from someone doing a thesis)
To continue after that rather long-winded definition…
To be a published writer is one of the most rewarding occupations
and pastimes – both financially and creatively. I find it a very satisfying
and enjoyable activity. I can’t teach you how to write, let alone how to be a writer. I don’t have all the answers. All I can do is give you some tips and guidelines that I’ve learnt over the years (starting from the beginning of my writing “career” with writing “stirring” letters to newspapers in South Africa), which hopefully will make it a lot easier…if that is what you really want to do.
They are all based on what I have learnt by doing it myself – usually through the long process of trial and error. I hope this information is interesting and helpful to you in your quest to be a writer and getting published.
Firstly (and most importantly)…
There are no ABC’s in writing – there is no set formula, which guarantees success. Everyone is a unique individual with their own gifts: their experiences, perspectives and highly individual style of writing. I believe having the ability to put words down on paper is only the beginning to writing. There is a great deal more to be learned on the techniques, which I’ve developed over the years. Hopefully, by the end of this course, you’ll be able to look back and see how much your writing has progressed, which gives me great gratification – nice long word that, like marmalade!). We all have our own particular style of writing. As you’ll see, I use a particular style in this course; however the style in my novels is completely different. In this course I try to inform and entertain at the same time, through “light, breezy” writing (no wind, please!).
My main aim in this course is to help develop your unique style of putting words to paper, as well as giving you some practical tips that I’ve learnt (especially from writing for the last ’emotionally satisfying and rewarding’ eighteen years). I believe that writing courses and workshops (such as offered by the polytechnics here in New Zealand) can improve your writing – as long as the basic talent, your gift is there. Online courses through the internet can be a great educational tool (at a greatly reduced cost). Well I have to say that, don’t I?
All writing courses can help develop your skills by enhancing your creative powers, if you have the DESIRE to learn and grow (even dwarfs!). Why do you want to be a writer? What is your biggest motive you think? Write a few sentences on this to clarify your thinking and give you something to aim for in your writing.
For example do you want to write for pleasure or for profit…or perhaps both. I find writing my thoughts down, focuses my thinking. What are your attitudes to writing and what are your writing ambitions? What would you like to achieve in the future? It’s fine for your writing ambitions to change over time. Mine have changed drastically, as well as my “styles”; however right from the start I only wanted to write for publication – to “make a living”, as well as impacting others – hopefully making a difference through sharing my life experiences.
For example, you might just want to “dabble” in a bit of writing for your own eyes, for pleasure; then write items for close friends or family members. Then a few years down the track, you might decide that you want to write articles on your particular hobby for magazines – for MONEY. Wow! Later perhaps even a book, as I believe we all have a tale to tell deep within us.
What kind of writer do you want to be? Do you want to write for pleasure and/or for profit? I believe, if you write for pleasure, you’ll be happy doing what you like… and it often leads to profit naturally. Because when you do something you are good at, it gives you enjoyment (or when you enjoy some activity you become better at it). This can often lead to financial rewards.
Many top writers and other artists (yes, it is an art!) earn very good money from doing what they love. To end off this piece, here are two of my favorite quotations, that help keep me inspired, daily .
“What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
– Johann von Goethe
“Do what you love, then you’ll never have to do a day’s work in your life.”
Happy writing…creatively, of course!
Craig Lock (Eagle Productions Books)

“Eagles may fly high, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.”
“It took me 15 years to find out that I had no talent for
writing, but by then I couldn’t give it up, because by then I was too famous to give up.”
– Robert Benchley
“Asking a writer what he thinks about critics is like
asking a lamp post how it feels about dogs.”
– Christopher Hampton, British writer and dramatist
About the author:
Craig is a writer, who believes in (and loves) sharing information with a touch of humour, as well as encouraging and helping others to find their talents and gifts, to strive for and accomplish their dreams in life – whatever they may be.

Online Creative Writing Course. http://www.creativekiwis.com/course/index.html
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The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at  http://www.creativekiwis.com/books.html www.lulu.com/craiglock +http://www.webng.com/writernz/index.html

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PS: Craig’s new blog with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at http://en.search.wordpress.com/?q=craig+lock and www.craiglock.wordpress.com

“They say that if enough chimpanzees were put in front of enough word processors for enough time, eventually one of them would write Hamlet.”


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