Creative & Formal Writing

To understand the principles of creative writing, including form, technique, and style.

Creative Writing

You might have heard it called different things. Traditionally referred to as literature, creative writing is an art of sorts – the art of making things up. It’s writing done in a way that is not academic or technical but still attracts an audience.

Though the definition is rather loose, creative writing can for the most part be considered any writing that is original and self-expressive. A news article, for example, cannot be considered creative writing because its main goal is to present facts and not to express the feelings of the writer. While a news article can be entertaining, its main purpose is to present the facts.

The purpose of creative writing is to both entertain and share human experience, like love or loss. Writers attempt to get at a truth about humanity through poetics and storytelling. If you’d like to try your hand at creative writing, just keep in mind that whether you are trying to express a feeling or a thought, the first step is to use your imagination.

FORMAL AND INFORMAL LANGUAGE

Formal and informal language serve different purposes. The tone, the choice of words and the way the words are put together vary between the two styles. Formal language is less personal than informal language.

It is used when writing for professional or academic purposes like university assignments. Formal language does not use colloquialisms, contractions or first person
pronouns such as ‘I’ or ‘We’. Informal language is more casual and spontaneous. It is used when communicating with friends or family either in writing or in conversation. It is used when writing personal emails, text messages and in some business correspondence. The tone of informal language is more personal than formal language.

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