Creative writing is best defined as the art of making things up. This differs from Academic writing or technical writing, where the objective is to describe something that exists. A pretty loose definition indeed, and is most often used to describe writing that is original and self-expressive. A news article would be a good example since its main goal is to present facts and not to express the feelings of the writer. While a news article can be entertaining, its main objective is to present the facts. Common areas of creative writing are poetry, songs, plays, movie scripts, speeches, etc.

shutterstock_86123695Being a journalist is still a creative choice

If you choose a bachelor in journalism, you will work with your words as your most important tools, to describe important events and concepts to the public. Your words become the intermedium that carries important knowledge, and your creative prowess will be most useful. Many people also combine different styles of writing, and can easily shift between a more academic style,and a more creative style of storytelling. A lot of the best authors are journalists, and getting a broad understanding of how to use words will benefit you also in all your creative writing projects.

What does the future look like?

No one knows where the future will take us, but one thing is certain: It will involve a lot of written text, and communication through other media, like videos and information, streamed online. Being able to craft a good story will definitely be important in a future overloaded with communication and information. But the media will most likely continue to go through changes. Newspapers in their paper form are more or less dying and are being replaced by an online version. Streaming media will most likely be the next step. Having a broad understanding of storytelling and creative expression will be needed to reach through the noise.