What is the difference between a Creative Writer and an Analytical Writer? What are they? Is one better than the other? Can I be both?
The short answer is this: There are two primary ways writers approach writing based on the way they think, creatively or analytically, and one is not any better than the other. Many writing instructors lump analytical and creative writing into one block (among fiction writers, this may be delineated as “pre-writing,” “writing” and “re-writing”) when in fact these are two different skills which use two very different parts of the brain.
Here is a basic summary:
The Analytical Writer
- intellectual/technical approach
- better at problem-solving, analysis and structure
- best at pre-writing and rewriting
The Creative Writer
- emotional/intuitive approach
- better at exploration of the internal life of characters, feelings and reactions
- best at emotional content and putting text on the page
In a perfect world, every writer would be both creative and analytical, but we do not live in an ideal world and we are rarely as analytical or creative as we would like to be. More often than not, we are more one than the other, although seldom to the exclusion of the other.
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