By: Kevin Van Der Werff, Page Designer There’s a certain misunderstanding when it comes to the definition of creative writing. Most people think that creative writing is a work of fiction, and that it involves worlds outside of our own with mystical creatures and powers beyond our understanding. Yes, that is one definition of creative writing. However, the process of writing a well-crafted piece of non-fiction is just as creative. From an early age, we’re all taught to combine letters to make words, and then we string those words together to make a sentence. We do so with the goal of conveying a message. The creative part to all writing – whether it involves three-headed aliens voyaging through space, or a simple advertising message saying, “Hey, we’re here. Check us out.” – is getting all that stuff floating around in our head onto a piece of paper in a way that will make sense to others. As Kurt Vonnegut said, there are two types of writers: Swoopers and Bashers. “Swoopers write a story quickly, higgledy-piggledy, crinkum-crankum, any which way. Then they go over it again painstakingly, fixing everything that is just plain awful or doesn’t work. Bashers go one sentence at a time, getting it exactly right before they go on to the next one. When they’re done they’re done.” Either way, both types of writers are careful to craft and create a successful piece of writing.