Building off of what I said yesterday in the post, Blatherskite, I’m a huge fan of words. It’s so much more fun to say you “defenestrated” something rather than you “threw it out of the window.” Words are the ingredients that make your sentences gourmet, and there is nothing more decadent than those found in creative writing.
One of my biggest draws to creative writing is the informality. It allows you to throw out the whole rule book. We spend roughly one and a half decades learning the rights and wrongs of grammar, only to forget most of the standards just days after graduating. Take me for instance. I missed the day in advanced 4th Grade Language Arts that taught us when to use a colon or semicolon over a comma, and to this day, I still don’t know when to do it. But creative writing gives me the ability to tell Mrs. Shumpert (my 4th grade teacher) to lick an ass and that I can do what I want. It’s very empowering.
As a creative writer, I’m not bound by the persistent boundaries of syntax or grammar. I can circumvent formality in favor of a more whimsical outcome. Punctuation, spelling, and pacing become liquid at my fingertips waiting to fill whatever cups I lay beneath them. I can say and do whatever I want. Formal writing might read like–
“The rainfall tapped rapidly against the tin roof, begging for permission to enter the house.”
–while creative writing, my type of writing, could read…
“The storm forced itself upon the reddened metal roof with perpetuan audacity, attempting to enter the house without consent.”
The word “perpetuan” is not a word recognized by any dictionary, but the message I was attempting to convey still hit its mark. And that’s the point of this whole magnificent activity. As a creative writer, I’m not just able to create worlds, give life to characters, and defy reality, I’m also able to convey a level of detail that eyes may not be able to perceive. Just look back at the two sentences about the rain. The formal version explains what was actually occurring, while my creative version gives you the feeling of the scene. My words expressed a sense of urgency or danger. You can tell that the inhabitants of the house were not relaxing while the storm brewed outside. There is a certain sense of beauty in being able to express chaos in words that are more akin to my imagination.
But ultimately, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Not everyone likes figurative language. I’m certain I won’t please everyone with my writing style, but I believe there are writers and readers that can appreciate the way I expressed that rainstorm. Writing is magic, and the feeling I get when I cast spells is unlike any other. You’re not just a wizard when you write, you’re an all-encompassing deity that has the power to create everything and nothing in oh-so-many words. And that’s the power I want to wield every damn day.
Until next time…
“So long and thanks for all the fish.” – Dolphins that decide to leave Earth when extraterrestrial construction crews decide to destroy the planet.