Why is it called Creative Writing?

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A good writer is an exceptionally good observer. He observes the intricacies of life like no one else or rather no one else bothers to. His job is to then express those observations into meaningful words. The choice of right words is important but not as important as the art of observing. Hence I say that it should be called observant writing. A character in a novel or a screenplay is mostly from the writers past, or sometimes they are a combination of people the writer had come across. Those poor souls riding on a bus, sitting in a park, walking on the street are oblivious to the fact that some creepy writer wearing a hideous sweat-shirt is sitting in the corner and observing their unintentionally flawed mannerisms; the half crooked smile, the twitching of the eyes, playing with your hair et cetra. The writer seldom creates something new. What he does best, is mostly put across several characters or situations – he has come across in his life – on a common platform so as to create conflict. All writing is conflict. Unless there is conflict between two characters, or the characters situation the story does not move forward.

So technically it should be called observant writing…

 

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