John Saddington, super blogger and all round awesome web dude, posed a jump starter question on his blog TentBlogger. The question was: How do you define creative writing? I figured I’d take a stab at it myself.

All good writing conveys meaning. The meaning and its intent will vary, some being a presentation of facts, whilst some is designed to elicit a response from the audience based not on fact, but on narrative arc or character portrayal, and so forth. Writing can be defined as the construction of groups of words into deliberate form, and good writing is that same construction with discernible meaning.

What, then, distinguishes creative writing? Is it purely writing that is more descriptive or a little more crazy in style?

Is it writing that
……………………..draws
……………………………..the
…………………………………reader
………………………………………..in
…………………………………………with
……………………………………………..form?

Personally, I hope not. My best definition of creative writing is when form and/or language is used in an unconventional but original way to better engage the reader with the writer’s own purpose.

Looking forward to seeing what others have to say!