In creative writing groups and classes we often talk about and think about creative writing as being about writing short stories, or longer stories. This generally means we focus on the different forms of the above definitions; sometimes poetry or screen writing or even play writing, radio drama, or comicbooks might get a look in.
But the arena is so much greater than that – those of us who can remember the TV commercials of the eighties and nineties golden age of Dunlop, and Guiness (both of which cross over with music videos another area ripe with creative writing); must surely hold them up as some great examples of creative thinking and writing that stands alongside any short story by your favourite author?
On top of the above there has been the explosion in narrative potential with computer games, particularly sweeping global platforms like World of Warcraft and geopolitical epics like Bioshock. Of course computer games are building on the experience first gained in the roleplaying and traditional board and card games industries, which are possibly more achievable for us enthusiastic amateurs on this blog.
Talking of what is achievable for the likes of us brings me to the really interesting arena of social media and blogging. Most creative writing blogs, like this (and my own) are simply places where we post up short prose fiction, works in progress, poems maybe and the of course writing about writing.
However some people are really stretching the boundaries of what this still relatively new technology allows us to do.
Below are two examples that have really encouraged me to think differently about what is possible (and are both interesting, disturbing, and sometimes very amusing like all my favourite stories).
Scarfolk Council a town in the North West of England that seems permanently stuck in a nightmarish vision of the seventies. It combines music, text, photos, and especially weird and uncomfortable public information pamphlets and posters like the one illustrating this post. This is surely something that should be optioned for a BBC3 or 4 comedy/drama series or one off.
The other example is completely different but makes use of Twitter to “live tweet” WWII. Now of course on the face of it, this appears to take less creative effort, but scouring news and political quotes and the minutiae of events and using them to construct a coherent story is pretty damned impressive in my book.
These and other examples (such as the timelines created on alternatehistory.com) demonstrate that if we want to, we can not just think outside the box but scribble our ideas all round the outside of it and then place a cat inside and take time lapse photos of it trying to escape and amuse and interest thousands of people.