For the Writers
By: Blair M., Teen Press Corps Member
Within all the talk and debate of what art actually is, let’s take a moment to look at a spectrum of the creative sphere that most people never really recognize. Creative Writing is a form of literature that requires a massive amount of skill in lying.
Sounds harsh right? Well to conjure up a completely unrealistic universe, fictional characters, and unreal events in the most page turning, mouth-watering way possible, you have to be able to think of some pretty good lies to put to paper.
However, these lies are what make creative writing such a fun, addicting and rigorous thing to do.
Look past the lying part and dive into the bubble that helps make creative writing an art. You can describe and design characters, diagram their life-stories, emphasize their significance and their dreams. You can create fantasy worlds, futuristic environments and plain modern settings with just a word document and an idea.
Well then what is art? In a previous article, I described it as being “something that requires passion, dedication, and hard work.”
As of late, I’ve been suffering with a severe case of writers block, which has been diagnosed to last as long as “indefinitely” or more so “forever and ever”. I’ve begun to doubt my talent and myself in regards to career choices. I even found myself asking, “Is writing even an art?” After looking at many authors and receiving advice from peers and teachers, I realized that creative writing was an art, and I became my example! The amount of dedication I was putting in to pursue my goal of becoming great was proof enough for me.
If you are a writer in a slump, this article is dedicated to you. Don’t feel discouraged when looking at the success stories of others, become inspired.
“My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.”
– Anton Chekhov
“Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.”
– Ray Bradbury
“It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.”
– Isaac Asimov