Creative Writing: Fiction
Creative Writing: Fiction

Creative Writing: Fiction

Lead Author(s): Dr. L.M. Rodriguez

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This book will help develop writing skills, and enhance knowledge of authors, genres, trends, and innovations in contemporary fiction.


Fairy Tales by Jessie Willcox Smith, 1863-1935. [1]

Arthur Schopenhauer (German philosopher, 1788-1860) in The World as Will and Representation, states:

“… the experiences and illuminations of childhood and early youth become in later life the types, standards and patterns of all subsequent knowledge and experience, or as it were, the categories according to which all later things are classified — not always consciously, however.

And so it is that in our childhood years the foundation is laid of our later view of the world,and there with as a well of its superficiality or depth:  It will be in later years unfolded and fulfilled, not essentially changed.”

Schopenhauer has influenced such amazing writers as Russia's Leo Tolstoy author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina and Argentina's Jorge Luis Borges author of Ficciones and El Aleph

Schopenhauer might have been such a great inspiration to these writers and many others, perhaps because he boldly stated:

Celestial map from the 17th century by Dutch cartographer Frederik de Wit.[2] ​
"The world is my representation."

And I hope, after journeying through this book, you will boldly state: "The universe and all the galaxies beyond are my representation."


As a creative writer you have the power to re-create the world, universe, and beyond for the rest of us.

Your writing becomes a unique exploration and interpretation of what surrounds us.

As a writer you will become a type of scientist, a careful, patient observant!

And that's really cool!

J.K. Rowling, creator of Harry Potter and his magical universe.[3] ​

But we can only achieve this unique exploration and interpretation via believable characters.

And more than a character's physical adventures, it is their emotions that make readers love and follow them no matter what world they inhabit and where they journey to!

Think of Katniss Everdeen, Frodo and Harry Potter!


And speaking of famous fictional characters and the creation of unique worlds...

Becoming a creative writer is closely linked with reading literature.

The more you read other writers, the stronger your own work will become. And after taking this class you will begin to look at the work of other writers through your very own writer's lens.

It is my my hope that this semester you will grow as a writer and understand that developing your writing skills is a similar process as moving from admiring a great painting to figuring out how an artist applied the colors, carefully stroke by stroke, to a canvas.

A process that often takes years, but has wonderful results!

Le bassin aux nymphéas by Claude Monet. [4]​

Discussion 1: Introduction

Who is your favorite painter or or visual artist? Why?


Also, Schopenhauer's ideas about creativity influenced Joseph Campbell, who in turn through his writings on Myth and the Hero's Journey, has influenced many storytellers.

Because of The Hunger Games, The Lord of the Ring and Harry Potter films you probably already are familiar with the Heroine and Hero's Journey. But you can review the concept  by watching the following video:

Discussion 2: Introduction

Visualize yourself as a Heroine or Hero: Where in your Heroine/Hero's Journey are you now?


Joseph Campbell most famously guided writer/director George Lucas as he completed his story of a young man in another galaxy who needs to find his true path and discover who he truly is.

That is, the story of Luke Skywalker played by Mark Hamill in the Star Wars saga!

Joseph Campbell has also helped many others understand that we must all follow our unique paths to discovering our bliss, that is, your true calling and happiness!!!

Perhaps Creative Writing is your true path?  Let's figure it out this semester!

Discussion 3: Introduction

Who is your favorite novelist, short story or screenwriter? Name one of their books, story collections or films.


Heroes, and creative writers, make us their minds to enter willingly into unknown territory, journey through a path, and often face obstacles and challenges alone, and then bring home treasures as a great story to tell.[5]​

I hope that the work we do in this class will be a way for you to creatively better understand yourself and the world.

Creative Writing should be a way to "unfold" and "fulfill" your world as Schopenhauer might say .

Creative Writing is not only a way to look in yourself and out into the world but is also a way to research the present, future and past.

Remember,  think of this course as a biology or chemistry class, a research experience!

So, are you ready for this creative journey you have embarked on? I hope so!

But if you don't feel quite ready or feel nervous, don't worry as we will be doing many exercises to help us become stronger creative writers and have some fun along the way!

Discussion 4: Introduction

Do you consider a Creative Writing class to be similar or different to a biology or chemistry class? Please explain.


1.Increase our knowledge and understanding of a variety of:

  • Authors.
  • Genres.
  • Trends.
  • Innovations in contemporary fiction.

2. Practice aspects of fiction writing technique:

  • Setting a scene.
  • Developing a character.
  • Exploring a theme.
  • Writing dialogue.
  • Understanding point of view.
  • Plotting via charting, shaping or storyboarding.
  • Creating story map or web.
  • Finding the form of your fictional tale.

3. Find your voice through:

  • Imaginative and precise word choice.
  • Figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
  • Integrating sound and cadence into your writing.

4. Practice PROCESS:

  • Brain storming.
  • Drafting.
  • Peer review.
  • Revision.
  • Editing.

5. Produce:

  • Vignettes.
  • Dialogues.
  • Character sketches.
  • Scene descriptions.
  • Flash Fiction.
  • Stories.

6. Understand how to prepare revised work for submission to:

  • Publications.
  • Contests.
  • Workshops.
  • Residencies.


Listen to Andrew Price talk about what he discovered about the artistic process once he made a bet with his cousin to seriously take on what he had wanted to be all his life: A painter!

Discussion 5: Introduction

Which of the "7 Habits" Andrew Price discusses do you feel you will have most difficulty sticking to as an aspiring writer?

Pepper Hole on Stepper Point in Cornwall in South West England is located by a  dangerous cliff edge which at the bottom opens out into the wide sea.[6]​

If you want to be a writer give yourself permission:

  • To experiment and perhaps fail!
  • To get lost and discover!
  • To love the process!
  • To find your path!
  • To just write!
  • To have fun!

And now, let's jump in!

Discussion 6: Introduction

Do you have any concerns, anxieties or fears related to this class or writing in general? What are your hopes and goals for this class?

Image Credits

[1] Image by Jessie Willcox Smith, 1863-1935 (artist) & L. Prang & Co.(publisher) under Public Domain.

[2] Image by Frederick de Wit (1629/1630–1706) under Public Domain.

[3] Image by Daniel Ogren under CC BY 2.0

[4] Image by Claude Monet under Public Domain.

[5] Image by Esbjorn Jorsater under CC BY-SA 4.0

[6] Image by David Hawgood  under CC BY-SA 2.0

Book Cited

Schopenhauer, A. The World as Will and Idea. Accessed 7 June 2018.

Feelings, thoughts and reactions to what is taking place around us.
The English word “myth” comes to us from an ancient Greek word meaning “story” and now when we say that a story is mythical, we mean that it is about special beings or heroes and that it explains some special practice, event or phenomenon in nature like a solar eclipse.