Intent is not a necessary condition for the production of creative writing. Its process can be stumbled upon or a premeditated act of genius. On one hand, a certain author may garner success by consistently brainstorming, territorializing outlines, and then articulating with perfect diction and syntax. On the other hand, that same author can approach his task with a purely intuitive demeanor, thus seeming rather “careless” in the eyes of a conservative and yet still construct something very fluid and poetic. Although educatory literatures pertaining to the ways in which creative writing can be induced profess strict boundaries and guidelines, sometimes writing for its own sake, as a means to its own end, can be just as valuable and noteworthy.
Unfortunately, a majority of the accepted and wide-spread educatory demands relevant to creative writing irrationally emphasizes strict boundaries and inherently limits innovation. Standardizing a creative process is a kin to telling Kobe Bryant he can’t dribble; it renders him unable to manifest. “Creative Writing” courses throughout American Universities believe allowing students to choose from a handful of selected topics and dictating two possible conclusions that each student must come up with a viable argument for, fulfills the aspect of creativity. Departments believe forcing students to use a specific intent will teach them how to write creatively.
Blasphemy! When an author comprehends the interconnectedness of a whole and the sum of its parts he opens up a host of different avenues to attack his conclusion. Making him approach this task by way of a few boulevards is truly handcuffing his literary potentiality.
If you are well-versed in the subject matter with which you are articulating upon, “E” can be your outcome and can be obtained with a variety of permutations: “B”-“A”-“D”-“C”=E; “D”-“A”-“C”-“B”= “E”; etc. Also, by mere coincidence and accident, you can start out with “E” and simultaneously end with “E”; you can bring the recursive property of mathematics into your writing by being unfocused and lacking attention to detail. As a result, creativity can be strictly adhered to by being a perfectionist or it can be manufactured by letting an author spew out a stream of consciousness.