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Brushy, the sociopathic mixed breed terrier that my wife found on the side of Martin Mill Pike, will answer your questions about creative writing and about what it's like to be a part of nature (ie, a dog). Her experience is vast and varied. She's produced two litters (whereabouts unknown), been sprayed with buckshot, and has bitten an FBI agent on the ankle. She's at work on a mid-life autobiography, tentatively titled "The Life of Brushy." Email Brushy with questions in care of me.
Question: Brushy, how would you define creative writing as opposed to other kinds of writing?
Answer: Most writing that is geared toward a specific purpose and audience--a term paper, an evaluation, a rabies report, an article on the superiority of mixed breeds--I would exclude from the category of creative writing. And that includes advertising, PR, and daily journalism. Though all of that writing may have strong elements of creativity, it is not "creative writing." To me, creative writing engages the intellect and the emotions of the reader through the imaginative use of language. Unlike a newspaper article or an advertisement, it's written to endure and to rise above topicality, timeliness, and purely utilitarian purposes. I wouldn't use a literary magazine to housebreak a puppy, but I might use a newspaper.
Question: What do I have to do to get my work published on this site?
Answer: First post it to the Blackboard site--Eng. 123 or Creative Writing About the Environment--and have your piece workshopped there by your peers. Revise accordingly and post again. Works will be selected according to their merit and posted on this site.
Question: Why did you bite the FBI agent?
Answer: His pants were too short and he wore these thin black socks. Plus, he used the word "operative" to describe himself when all he was doing was a background check on a neighbor. It was too much to resist. I didn't draw blood.