Creative Writing with Academic Writing
COMPONENT CREATIVE WRITING ACADEMIC WRITING
Organization and Text Development
- The writer develops his or ideas freely, in creative writing. There may be comparisons present, but there is no need for numerical evidences or processes. The author may use personal anecdotes or stories in writing, and may appeal to his or her own character or expertise.
- The text is organized in the writer’s preference because creative writing allows for the writer to maximize their imagination, therefore giving less importance on a standardized format. The author may start the piece with an introduction and follow through with the traditional flow of a discussion or body and a conclusion immediately after, or the order can be mixed up.
Others, for example, start with the ending and make their way to the beginning, or start from the middle. This suggests that the audience may be composed of a diverse group of people who do not necessarily mean to learn solid facts, but rather to emotionally connect and possibly form their own opinions of the topic.
- The writer develops his or her ideas in a systematic manner to promote the cohesiveness and clarity of the material. The author may compare and contrast between ideas for better argumentation. The material may make use of statistics or numerical evidences, and it may describe a process, if applicable. Personal stories about one’s own experiences are not encouraged and are only used to put emphasis on the significance of the study. Opinions may be shared for evaluation, but only to an extent such that the argument still heavily relies on evidence and logical reasoning.
- The text is organized in a way that the systematic flow of events is evident. This is so that the main ideas are relayed to the reader as clearly as possible. Usually, it is started with an introduction, followed by a lengthy discussion of often complex ideas, and ended with a tie back of ideas at the conclusion. This suggests that the audience is a group of people who intend mainly to gain knowledge of the material for better understanding.
Voice and Register
- The voice of the material may be informal and humorous. The language may include informal terms and there may exist sarcasm and irony. All this, along flowery words and other literary devices, aid the author in creating a purposeful piece with originality and individuality.
- The sentence rhythm may vary, depending on the specific type of creative writing. It may be quite fast for poetry, given the staccato sentences or phrases. For (poetic) prose, on the other hand, there may be a greater variety, depending on the topic, the audience, and on the writer’s individual style. The rhythm contributes to the author’s intended emotions to be associated in the piece.
- The voice of the material is formal and serious. There is also no sarcasm or irony. This functions to effectively promote the author’s purpose in relaying accurate, concise, and straightforward ideas.
- The sentence rhythm may vary, but is often rushed or sped up due to the complex sentences used to relay complex ideas. It contributes to the voice by possibly giving a sense of urgency.
- The author does not refer him or herself using the first person. Furthermore, the voice is distanced and impersonal. The language used is objective often avoids emotional language.
Purpose and Functions
- The material may be about anything the author wishes to write about. It does not have any specificities or boundaries with regards to the topic or subject.
- The purpose of creative writing is to relay the writer’s opinions, and to possibly affect the reader’s own opinions on the matter. It may be biased toward a certain argument to invoke certain responses from the target audience. This is evident in the way creative writers use informal language to emotionally connect to the reader.
- The material’s main idea is what the author writes about. It is usually the author’s own perspective on a certain topic.
- The author may be anyone at all, because there is no need for any proper training for this kind of writing. The writer does not necessarily have any authority in the subject area, but may still choose to write about it given their interest or passion.
- The material’s topic is often concerned with the study or research of specific areas of expertise. It covers the general subject of intellectual discourses, branching out to more specific areas.
- The purpose of academic writing is to inform the reader of the topic/s involved. It introduces an idea, or a research, and is supported by unbiased arguments. This is evident in the author’s introduction seeing as they would have to set up the focus of the material.
- The material’s thesis or main idea is what the material is all about. It tells the reader the idea that the author wishes to convey throughout the whole piece. Often, it is an argument, or a stand, on a particular topic.
- The author of the material may be anyone who is well-informed of the particular field of study. More often than not, these are researches or experts who specialize in a certain subject area.
- The material may be printed or digital. It may exist in magazines, literary materials, and it may also be easily accessible through online sources. It may also be in periodicals, such as popular magazines. This suggests that there are particular kinds of readership, depending on the periodical.
- The language used may be informal and is accessible to a more general readership. It may include regional terms and slangs, but it does not necessarily involve technical terms that even fewer understand.
- The material may still include forms of reference so as to comply with the law. It can be seen in referenced quotations within the text.
- The target audience may be anyone at all depending on the general subject involved. The broadest discourse community may be the community of poetic prose and poetry.
- The material is often printed in academic journals, professional publications for people in particular fields, and possibly archived in the database of official and professional organizations. The periodical it is in suggests a specific readership which is influenced by the subject or purpose of the material.
- The language is usually technical and is field-specific. The specialized terminology may be defined and explained in the material to assure that the ideas of the author are clear and are not misinterpreted by the reader.
- The material includes a list of works cited or other references in order to give proper acknowledgements and to avoid committing any form of plagiarism.
- The target audience is a group of people involved in a specific field of expertise. It includes the academic discourse community, with all its branches (specific areas), as suggested by the topics tackled and the conventions used.