Creative writing is any writing that goes outside the bounds of normal professional, journalistic, academic, or technical forms of literature, typically identified by an emphasis on narrative craft, character development, and the use of literary tropes or with various traditions of poetry and poetics.
Due to the looseness of the definition, it is possible for writing such as feature stories to be considered creative writing, even though they fall under journalism, because the content of features is specifically focused on narrative and character development.
In this sense, creative writing is a more contemporary and process-oriented name for what has been traditionally called literature, including the variety of its genres.
In her work, Foundations of Creativity, Mary Lee Marksberry references Paul Witty and Lou La Brant’s Teaching the People's Language to define creative writing.
These critical analysis skills are further used in other literary study outside the creative writing sphere.
Indeed, the process of creative writing, the crafting of a thought-out and original piece, is considered by some to be experience in creative problem solving.
Marksberry notes: While creative writing as an educational subject is often available at some stages, if not throughout, K–12 education, perhaps the most refined form of creative writing as an educational focus is in universities.
Following a reworking of university education in the post-war era, creative writing has progressively gained prominence in the university setting.
Students also format a writing method through the process of writing and re-writing.
Some courses teach the means to exploit or access latent creativity or more technical issues such as editing, structural techniques, genres, random idea generating or unblocking writer's block .