Write a list of everything you’ve read or written or seen or heard in the last 24 hours.
How many stories are contained within your list? This could be anything from notes in your learning log to the afternoon play on Radio 4, from a friend recounting a funny tale to the latest news online.
- The things on my list I would count as stories are an 87k word fan fiction story I’m reading, the film ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ that I watched last night, some marketing emails I read which include ‘personal’ stories from the writers, and some of the conversations I had at a family dinner last night.
How much of what you’ve read (or written or seen or heard) would you consider to be ‘art’? What makes writing art? How do you, personally, define a creative and artistic piece of writing? You might find it useful to refer back to the discussion at the start of Part One. That was about the visual arts, but many of the same points apply to word-related arts too.
- Of the things that I have seen/heard in the past day, the only ones I would really count as art are the music I’ve heard on the radio, the film I watched, and maybe the fan fiction story I’m reading.
In the discussion in Part One, I said that ‘art is anything that the viewer thinks is art. To me, art is images, paintings, mixed media, sculptures, digital pictures and other items that I find appealing in appearance’.
It didn’t occur to me then to consider writing as an art form – I was thinking about things I would find appealing from an visual-aesthetic point of view – but I think I would consider some types of writing art. I believe that writing is a skill that needs to be learned and developed, but I think beautifully crafted poems and stories could be said to be art. I’m particularly thinking of writers who are exceptionally good at ‘painting a picture with words’. The most famous example I can think of is William Wordsworth’s ‘I wandered lonely as a Cloud’ poem. So then, artistic writing to me, is writing that has amazing imagery, as opposed to just mediocre storytelling.