I had an interview today that proved very interesting. In one question, he asked about my creativity vs. writing for business. It made me wonder – is writing split into two groups? The “creative” stuff and the “business” stuff?
I would say that a writer is a writer, whether it be factual, fictional, professional, blog or personal. You are still putting words on the page, and you are still accessing that creative part of the brain. An artist is still an artist whether painting, drawing, moulding or building, right? So why is it that creativity should be so far removed from “professional”? We have professional writers – what they write is for their business.
Do non-writers read this blog because it’s got books in it? Probably (hopefully). Does this mean I’m not a writer because my audience isn’t reading it with a “creative” thought in mind?
You’re on a speed-dating night. You approach a new table and have one minute to describe yourself… what is your opening line?
For me, it’s probably going to be something along the lines of: “I’m Fran, I’m a writer.”
And my most likely response: “Oh, yeah, and what do you write?”
If I was to say marketing documents for a corporate company, would you still think I was a writer?