When it comes to genre, there’s a lot to unpack. Miriam-Webster defines genre as “a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition by a particular style, form, or content.” A lot of the time, there are big umbrella genres that encompass smaller genres. Creative writing is probably the umbrella genre people are most familiar with. This type of writing is – you’ve guessed it – creative because it is not limited to the confines of reality. Additionally, different genres in this umbrella category help the reader to focus, learn, and help establish the type of behavior or setting between writers and audiences. This is not to say that you can’t write about what you know – there are just many ways to do this. Let’s attempt to unpack all there is that goes into this umbrella category.
See below for the five types of creative writing:
Poetry is a form of text that follows meter and rhythm. Additionally, poetry can follow rhyming patterns, although it doesn’t have to. Have you heard of a haiku or a sonnet? These are both types of poetry. There are also epic poems, such as the Odyssey by Homer. Even modern song lyrics can be considered poems. There are other forms of poetry, as well, such as ballads, elegies, epitaphs, hymns, limericks, villanelles, and free verse. One famous example of poetry can be found in “The Road Less Traveled”by Robert Frost. Another example can be seen in children’s “Ring Around the Rosie,” a children’s nursery rhyme about the bubonic plague a.k.a. the black death. Purdue Owl is a useful source when it comes to explaining poetry.
Prose is, in some ways, the exact opposite of poetry. Prose focuses on characters and plot rather than sounds, rhythm, meters, etc. Additionally, prose can be both fiction and non-fiction, which we will see later, Reader. Prose includes short stories and novels such as the Goosebumps series by R. L. Stine and the United States’ “Declaration of Independence.”
A drama, a.k.a. a play, is a text that is performed in front of an audience. There are sub-categories for this, too, such as comedy, tragedy, farce, musical drama, and melodrama/tragicomedy. There are many examples of dramas that we see performed worldwide. Some examples include Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (comedy), Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (tragedy), The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams (tragedy), The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare (farce), Hamilton: An American Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda (musical drama), and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (melodrama/tragicomedy).
Works of fiction are my personal favorite because I feel that there is a lot of freedom here. Fiction is divided into three separate categories – realistic, non-realistic, and semi-fiction. Additionally, these categories have their own subcategories, but we can talk about that in a later post! Elements used in this type of writing include the following: foreshadowing, rising action, climax, falling-action, resolution, etc. Some of my favorite works of fiction include To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (realistic), the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (semi-fiction – fiction, gothic, Victorian, and romantic).
Last, but not least, non-fiction is all about real people and events. It includes sub-categories such as biographies, autobiographies, diaries, essays, memoirs, journals, etc. This type of writing does not always have to tell a story. Some writing such as biographies, autobiographies, and essays can also be considered academic. Some examples of non-fiction include but are not limited to The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (diary), Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (essay), and Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (memoir).
Share Your Thoughts!
So, Reader, now that we’ve covered the five types of creative writing, what are your thoughts? Do you have a favorite category when it comes to writing or reading? What do you find easiest to write or understand?
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12 thoughts on “Name 4 of these 5 Categories of Creative Writing, And I’ll Be Impressed”
Hey Ava, you should be proud of me. I actually knew 4 out of your list – never heard of prose though.
Great post. Keep up the good work.
That’s great! Prose can be tricky because it encompasses a lot, but I’m glad you liked this post! Proud of you, ha-ha!
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Ava, alongside Mass Communications I was also an English major so this is right up my alley! I love how you broke each genre down and gave great details on each. This would definitely be helpful to someone interested in the field or wanting to keep their skills sharp. Thanks for posting!
Thanks for commenting. So glad to hear you liked the post and found it interesting. Some of the examples include personal favorites of mine. Feel free to share yours as well and if you have any other comments or questions for me!
Thanks, again. 😁
Thanks for your post, Ava. As an English and Publishing major, this content is exciting to me. I’ve always struggled with poetry. Prose is definitely what I gravitate more towards. Thanks again for your piece!
Wow! Thank you. I’m glad you like this post. Poetry tripped me up for a long time, too, but it is interesting to study once in a while. Prose and fiction are my favorites.
Great post, Ava! I’m really glad I got the opportunity to study and learn about these genres in school and just become acquainted with all types of writing. I do see myself gravitating more towards fiction and non-fiction, however, would love to look more into poetry and drama and even prose! If you have any recommendations, let me know!
I find myself drifting towards fiction, too.
I would start with prose just to try your hand at different writing styles because poetry, even though it doesn’t have to have rules (free verse), can also abide by many sets of rules. You should definitely try your hand at poetry when you feel comfortable!
Awesome post!! I really appreciated all of the external links that allowed me to read up some more on the different works and examples of each creative writing category. For me, my personal favorite is poetry. I’ve been writing it since I was very young, and I find it comes easiest to many out of any of the others.
Thanks for sharing!
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So glad you liked this post and found all the links helpful. Poetry is very interesting because there’s so much.
I didn’t realize that semi-fiction is a category. I thought that meant memoir! : )
in all honesty, neither did I! Learning new things everyday.