It’s OKAY To Major In Creative Writing

Articles on creative writing to spark your inspiration.

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When you major in something like “creative writing” you might get comments such as:

  • “What are you going to do with that?” (0/10 very unoriginal) OR,
  • “Oh, so you’ll never get a real job.” (They say as a “joke,” of course) OR,
  • “Yeah, I thought about doing that too but decided I wanted a job when I graduate.” (Good for you, pal!)

Despite the smug comments, throughout my college years, I was fully committed to my creative writing degree. Nothing and nobody could dissuade me from pursuing the thing I loved. When asked what I was “going to do with that” I answered with “I’m going to write.”

Because after seeing my older brother pursue a sensible degree like Aerospace Engineering and then promptly quit his brand new, shiny engineering job right out of college to become an actor in L.A., I wasn’t too impressed by things like “an office” or “the corporate world” or even “a stable paycheck.” None of those things seemed to make anyone happy.

But then, in my senior year of college, things changed. A little seed of fear grew in the pit of my stomach. Holy typewriter, Grace, it said. What are we actually going to do when we graduate?

I suddenly realized maybe I did want an income…maybe I did want some stability…and maybe I didn’t want to be a starving artist for the rest of my life. And I also realized that wanting to make money was OKAY.

So when I discovered freelance writing it was like a lightbulb went off. I could be creative and make money? I’m in.

Now, if anyone asks what I do with my creative writing degree, I can confidently say “I write creatively.” Sure, I don’t write short stories or novels, but I apply SO MANY of the creative writing techniques I learned in school to copywriting and content creation for my clients.

So even though I had a moment of panic (alright, more like a few months of panic) about my academic choices, I’m so glad I stuck with it. I knew what I wanted to do, so I went for it, even though I didn’t have any idea how I was going to make it happen.

Which is why today I’m bringing you my favorite articles on creative writing!

On Creative Writing…

1.
Ever wonder what a creative writing major reads for class? I’ve got the Creative Writing Lessons from 5 Short Stories here to give you a glimpse at my university class schedule! These are my favorite short stories of all time, so if you’re looking for a quick read, or a fun writing prompt, read on!

2.
No matter your opinion on J.K. Rowling these days, ya gotta admit — the girl can write. Here are 8 Lessons on Writing by J.K. Rowling by N.A. Turner to spark your writing magic. I couldn’t agree with her more on #2 and #4. Plus, I had no idea she drew her Harry Potter characters while writing — genius!

3.
When it comes to creative writing, it’s not just what we write, but how we write that matters too. Read Steven Pinker’s Top 13 Writing Tips by Bobby Powers to learn how he writes creative nonfiction! I’m a huge fan of #13…as you can probably tell by now.

Copywriter + Content Strategist. On a freelance writing journey. Find me here: graceclaman.com or IG: grace.claman

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