The Importance of Creative Writing Written by Mya Bailey
As of recently, I’ve started thinking about the power of creative writing and how much I miss doing it on a day-to-day basis. It’s unfortunate that I’ve had so much work over the past two years that creative writing became a little foreign to me; this being other than writing essays and doing the act just for other school work. Turns out it was the same for most of my friends and the other people I’d talk to around me—the loss in wanting to write is strongly apparent in the school system, especially in one like Reagan. You’re piled with so much life responsibility that it’s suddenly hard to make time for the things we especially love in school. There’s an invisible expectation to get a good education, an incredible GPA, to the extent that writing can begin to be something of your past. My personal favorite thing about writing, when I was much more young and bold, was in the creation of a character so unique and so intricate that all of my peers would become drastically excited for me, as if to ask how did she do that and how I can I? At the time, it was my choice to write, my choice to create whatever I put my heart to because I had the free time and will to do so without precaution. Reflecting towards the writer I am today, something I suggest to anyone reading, I’ve realized how drastically we drive away from doing the things we love because of responsibility. That being said, I wanted to talk a bit about why creative writing should reserve a larger part in your life and the benefits one can see from giving it that pedestal.
Creative writing is a sufficient way to boost one’s artistic expression. I feel that this comes naturally to someone when they begin the process of writing—you’re opening up time in your schedule to write and only write, allowing your brain to narrow itself towards character structure and plot development. Perhaps it’s like you’re opening up a bag with items you don’t even know exist inside it yet, carefully taking out each and every new discovery and deciding which to keep or dispose. When you write once, even if it seems to not be your best work, you’re still ensuring a future full of heightened writing succession and that passion to write may even increase. A former student of child educator Justin Parmeter, also the author of the article titled Why you are wrong if you think creative writing is a ‘frivolous waste of time’, says that with creative writing, “Everything is under your complete control. That is not something that you can experience in reality, even reading a book. The feeling that you have created something, something that you can call your own, is what makes it incredible.” There’s a silent empowerment in enabling creativity within a person. It’s a process of enabling buried imagination and channeling your brain’s creativity into full center. You’re personally dismissing barriers that’ll disrupt what you write; again, it’s all truly up to you.
You reach a better understanding level with writing mechanisms. In all honesty, this happens to you naturally. You’re constantly picking up new words, new ways to communicate your ideas onto paper, each second you spend writing creatively. Creative writing opens up your vocabulary to an almost unlimited level where anything becomes possible. From personal experience, the level I reside at around writing has only excelled the more frequently I took time to write willingly. Sometimes I reflect back to stuff I wrote last year for the paper and internally cringe at my wording and storytelling etiquette. The only true way to get better is through constant practice.
You become more empathetic and thoughtful of the things happening around you. For me, this benefit resides strong in my personal development as an individual. Like said above, I’m pretty familiar with story building and character configuration. I take in all types of people and their lives from around me, dig deeper into their inner turmoil, even their stresses, and begin to take a whole new perspective in general with how they are and why. It’s like putting a magnifying glass up to everything that makes someone who they are, analyzing the small details and piecing together my own synopsis. I’ve written characters who go mute, characters with depression or even serious anxiety, and even individuals who deal with substance abuse in their daily life as the normal. In a way, I’ve opened myself to people who live like this and have allowed the chance to understand them better. I’m growing into society as a more open-minded, thoroughly accepting human being from writing, and I find this realization deeply rewarding. This can even boost mental, emotional, and physical health in an individual. Studies have shown that creative writing alleviates everyday stress levels while also batting off chances of severe illness. Even if it isn’t that noticeable at first glance, creative writing is constantly bettering yourself.
Through creative writing, you’re enormously building up confidence. Writing takes a lot of brainpower to do. Whether this be in typing up school papers or carefully completing an email, writing will always take effort. Keeping that in mind, as you use more and more of your personal energy to write, especially with creative writing, your confidence with the medium will only prevail from where it already was. Again, you’re always bettering yourself through any sort of writing, and since creative writing revolves all around you, you’ll be connecting to yourself and your individual power as a person more often than not. It’s your ideas, your flow of writing, and that can really cause a ripple effect in self admiration and respect. It takes a whole lot to produce something of your own doing and complete it; creative writing ultimately builds and shapes character. You commit to personal development when picking up a pencil to write, and the way you choose to write will simultaneously activate inhibition and empower confidence.
Perhaps creative writing isn’t for everyone—well, of course it isn’t for everyone. We’re all different after all. These things are really half and half on the beneficial scale, but hopefully my above insight refreshed your mind on how valuable it can be towards someone’s entire character to write creatively.