Before we start talking about how to improve our creative writing, we should probably establish what creative writing is.
According to Dictionary.com, creative writing is “the exercise of creating imaginative drama, fiction or poetry, especially as a course of study.”
Creative writing helps us explore our imaginations in a way that non-fiction cannot. Through it, we can explore worlds that don’t have to fit into any special criteria. The famous English critic Gilbert K. Chesterton once noted that, “There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.”
We don’t have to have box-shaped houses, or even earthly people in our imaginative writing. Fiction can take place anywhere we want it to. You could write about life on an undiscovered planet, colonizing a new cave system or about what its like to dig for diamonds on Mars. (I don’t think there are actually diamonds on Mars, but you get my drift.)
Fiction comprises much of our theatrical entertainment. Genres like comics and fantasy are overwhelming our movie theaters. All of these are examples of creative writing.
So, in order to begin writing imaginative works, we need to delve into our imagination. What do you think of when you think of a new world? How do you imagine your favorite hero or leading lady would cope in a post-apocalyptic time? What do you think of when you think of an era in history? Albert Einstein once said that, “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
That takes us to today’s prompt: What is your favorite imaginative world? It could be a book setting, a movie plot or something you’ve come up with on your own. Please leave it in the comments, and over the next few weeks we’ll explore how to create your own original world with its visionary characters and electrifying plot.