what is creative writing

What is Creative Writing?

Today’s post is an excerpt from the book Ready, Set, Write: A Guide to Creative Writing. This is the entirety of the first chapter, “What is Creative Writing?” Enjoy! What is Creative Writing? Creative writing can be difficult to define. Certainly, fiction and poetry are forms of creative writing, but what about journal writing, articles and…Read More

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Curiosity and Creativity for Writers

Today’s post is an excerpt from my book, Ready, Set, Write: A Guide to Creative Writing, which takes you on a tour through the world of creative writing while offering writing ideas and inspiration. This is from chapter thirty-one, “Curiosity and Creativity.” Let’s find out how fostering curiosity can increase your creativity as a writer. Enjoy!…Read More

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From Ready, Set, Write: Getting Ready to Write

Today, I’m excited to share an excerpt from my recently published book, Ready, Set, Write: A Guide to Creative Writing. This is from the book’s introduction. Enjoy! A Writer’s Journey Begins When I was a little girl, my mom used to sit, curled up on the couch, with a thick paperback novel in her hands…Read More

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Why We Write, a Sneak Peek at Ready, Set, Write!

I am excited to announce my forthcoming book Ready, Set, Write: A Guide to Creative Writing, which will be available later this month. Today I’m sharing an excerpt from Ready, Set, Write! But first let me tell you about the book: Ready, Set, Write is an introduction to creative writing that is ideal for young and…Read More

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10 Essential Lessons You’ll Learn in a Creative Writing Workshop

When I look back over all my years of formal education, from preschool through college, only a few classes stand out as truly educational in a life-changing way. In sixth grade, we did a section on space, which fascinated me. I retained a lot of what I learned. Later, I took astronomy and learned even…Read More

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Five Things I Learned in Creative Writing Class

People often ask me whether I think a formal education is necessary to a successful writing career. A degree certainly helps, but no, it’s not necessary. There are master writers who did not finish high school and plenty never went to college. I want to be clear: I fully support higher education. If you pull me…Read More

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Ideas for Writing Creative Nonfiction

In fiction writing, we’re often inspired by a what-if question: What if an innocent person is convicted of murder? What if humanity finds itself facing total extinction? What if that rabbit hole leads to a fantastical wonderland? Fiction is driven by imagination. Ideas for writing creative nonfiction often arise from experience and interest rather than…Read More

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Are You Living the Writing Life?

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines lifestyle as “a particular way of living: the way a person lives or a group of people live.” Dictionary.com defines it as “the habits, attitudes, tastes, moral standards, economic level, etc., that together constitute the mode of living of an individual or group.” A lifestyle is something you build for yourself…Read More

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Do You Need a Creative Writing Degree to Succeed as a Writer?

Young and new writers often ask whether they need a creative writing degree in order to become an author or professional writer. I’ve seen skilled and talented writers turn down opportunities or refuse to pursue their dreams because they feel their lack of a creative writing degree means they don’t have the credibility necessary to…Read More

How to Develop Your Creative Writing Process

Writing experts often want us to believe that there is only one worthwhile creative writing process. It usually goes something like this: Brainstorm Research Outline Rough draft Revise (repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat) Edit, proof, and polish This is a good system — it absolutely works. But does it work for everyone? Examining the Creative Writing…Read More

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