Where’s creativity in writing?


We write at school.  We do it at every level of education we’re at.  And in the process of this writing, a lot of things happen.

Ideally, some learn to become proficient writers.  They develop a comfortable relationship with words, facts, and insights.  They don’t just become good writers; they evolve to become great thinkers, too.  And that’s just for some.

For the others, a different kind of scene ensues.  As they progress in their (formal) education, they grew to loathe it, this task of writing.  For them, writing is just an enforced academic chore.  In that perspective, there ought to be a rebel.

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It would be easy to just leave it at that.  To simply say that the world of writing consists of two poles of people: the write-lovers and write-haters.  But no.  We know this isn’t true.  There’s obviously a world in-between, or perhaps, a mechanism that should allow both haters and lovers to write.

This mechanism, I dare theorize, has to be Creativity.

The big word

In a write-hating pupil/student’s mind, wouldn’t it be easier to just have a magic essay typer – one that could do the job of transcribing the individual’s ideas into apt words and construct the most amazing of statements?

Yes, it would obviously be a lot easier.  Yet, it is not the only way to make those fingers and minds endure to write.  They can take it away by exercising what has been theirs to possess all along – creativity.  It’s such a big word that it could overwhelm people.  The term itself drives another kind of elitism, to say: “Nah, it’s for creative people.

Really, what come to unfold are excuses after excuses.  It could bring with it validity (e.g., topic doesn’t interest me). And we forget what writing is essentially about: creation.  Yes, there are grammatical structures to adhere and some other rules; but, at its core, to write means to create.  Why take the joy out of writing by reducing it as a thankless job or chore?

Ultimately, when we write, ours is the greater benefit.  Our thinking is remodeled not just through formless abstractions, but through tangible texts.  And that means more than marks or fame.

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