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Writing from reality

Does writing drawn from reality lessen the quality of the writing? Does writer seem less talented than when they invent situation and character?

It seems Austin Kleon weighed in on my question unintentionally when he quoted Kenneth Goldsmith, in an excerpt from his new book, Uncreative Writing:

The suppression of self-expression is impossible. Even when we do something as seemingly uncreative” as retyping a few pages, we express ourselves in a variety of ways. The act of choosing and reframing tells us as much about ourselves as our story about our mother’s cancer operation. It’s just that we’ve never been taught to value such choices. After a semester of my forcibly suppressing a student’s creativity” by making her plagiarize and transcribe, she will tell me how disappointed she was because, in fact, what we had accomplished was not uncreative at all; by not being creative,” she had produced the most creative body of work in her life. By taking an opposite approach to creativity—the most trite, overused, and ill-defined concept in a writer’s training—she had emerged renewed and rejuvenated, on fire and in love again with writing.

Up next Andrew Byrom on constraints Looking for constraints in a different medium or a different process and I applying to rules that I had mastered is how I developed since then. Nirav Christophe on the moment I will be working on the basis of the small units, the event, the moment, the conversation, the monologue. — Nirav Christophe, Writing in the Raw
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