What is Creative Writing? - Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Kristin Pia Hayman

Kristin taught for over 10 years in the elementary classroom. She holds a B.A. in Journalism as well as a Master's Degree in Elementary Education.

Creative writing is an important skill that all students should practice. This lesson will explore the definition of creative writing as well as some tips and practices to strengthen your creative writing skills.

Creative Writing as Art

How do you define art? It's difficult, isn't it? Creative writing is a type of art, and that's why it's hard to define exactly. Most people agree that creative writing is writing where the author uses his or her imagination to make a story. For example, let's say that you use your imagination to recreate a funny experience that actually happened to you, or maybe you make up an exciting story about some swashbuckling pirates. These are both examples of creative writing.

Creative writing takes imagination.

Types of Creative Writing

Although any type of writing where the writer comes up with new stories or ideas can be considered creative writing, most creative writing is fiction. Fiction stories are those that are made up and created from the author's imagination. Imagination is so important because it allows the writer to create something that was not there before. There are many categories of fiction--it can be realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, or science fiction.

When writing creatively, you may also write a rhyming poem, a script for a play, or maybe an entry in a personal journal. The possibilities are endless when you use your imagination!

Use your imagination to come up with creative ideas.

Creative Writing Tips

When writing creatively, here are some things to consider. To start, write about something that you can make up details for from your imagination. Writing an essay on polar bears for science class? That takes writing skills, but it's not creative writing because you can not make up facts about polar bears. Writing a step-by-step guide on how to change a tire? Nope. Not creative writing. Imagine if you made up steps and details about changing a tire! Your readers would certainly be confused.

You also want to make sure you know what type of creative writing you are doing. Whether you are writing a realistic story, a futuristic story, or a historical story, you will want to be clear about your focus before writing. Try to use your imagination to make your readers excited about reading your story. You can do it!

Try It Out!

Want to practice your creative writing skills? Let's look at some prompts to get you started.

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