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    The Importance of Travelling to Creative Writing

    Analyse the importance of travelling to experience other cultures on the creative writing process (either your own experience or an author you are familiar with).

    • I think it would be good to include the aspect of travel as not necessarily only the aspect of exploring other countries and cultures, but to use 'travel' as a metaphor for stepping outside of our comfort or familiarity zone even in everyday life, and thereby creating more depth and experience to draw upon in our writing. – MonicaGrant 3 years ago
    • Stepping outside of the world you know and into the unknown or the other worlds we’ve only read about is essential to unclogging writer’s block. As MonicaGrant said it’s also about getting out of your comfort zone, mentally. Traveling allows you to open up to these new spaces in your mind. It gives you new perspectives and issues to expand upon. Traveling gives you the opportunity to tell the people’s story of them that may not have a voice. – Jailel 3 years ago
    • I agree with the sentiment that "travel" us a metaphor for stepping outside of one's comfort zone. Furthermore, an author travelling and exploring the unknown lends proper authenticity in regards to escapism, a trait that so many, if not all creative pieces, aim to have readers experience. – TahliaEve 3 years ago
    • I'm wondering if this relationship might be more reciprocal than the suggested topic allows. What if creative writing is what encourages people to travel? – kelseyodegreef 3 years ago
    • I definitely like this idea as I think many on this site could relate to the ideas expressed and would be interested to hear another's input. Especially when analyzed through the work of a few great authors of the past. – RJSTEELE 3 years ago
    • Travelling I always feel can be taken both from a figurative and literal perspective as what one does in promoting their individual growth. The individual experiences of every writer play significant role in how their works turn out, and as such exploring not only the literal notion of traveling from one place to another, but also the mental traveling one endures when dealing with day to day life would be interesting for discussion. – ajaymanuel 3 years ago
    • An example that could be drawn upon is Steinbeck's Travels with Charley: In Search of America. – EJSmall 3 years ago
    • W.G. Sebald’s Rings of Saturn is an interesting read that could tie in will here – Samantha Leersen 2 years ago
    • Travel de-centers our way of thought for reasons that startle, astound, confuse, intrigue, and all of the above. This happens because we don't know how we are meant to "feel" or "think" in a place that is culturally distinct from our own. In short, our way of life is being challenged, and we feel the need to confront the new in order to re-center ourselves. – JuanGomez 1 year ago
    • From a literal sense, actually traveling to locations, especially those that enjoy a culture much different from our own, is enlightening: both on an intellectual level and one of pure pleasure, experiencing the vernacular within language, architecture and geographical differences, experienced in both plein-air and urban landscapes, together are catalysts (or persuasive elements) vital for the creative thinking. Though we have the means to travel through virtual conduits, these fantastical journeys can only, barely prick, our inner emotions, desires and social consciousness of the world around us: the virtual experience feeds only the mind, but only reality can be prick our souls. Lance A. Lewin – Fine Art Photographer/Instructor/Lecturer Georgia USA – LanceLewin 8 months ago

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    This is a great read! I love how you included different types of smart heroines, such as Hermione (and it was book Hermione, not movie Hermione!) and Luna from Harry Potter. While different, both of them have just as much right to fit into that category.

    As a reader, I’ve seen a lot of authors write smart heroines as unbelievably amazing and beautiful. This article would help a lot of them develop their characters into human beings, rather than unattainably perfect people.

    Evolution of the Smart Heroine

    I loved the points made in this article. It’s very relevant considering the amount of censorship in today’s society.

    There’s a large difference between banning books that could emotionally scar a child for life and banning books that will teach them more about the world they live in. A book should not be banned because the topics are difficult to discuss; these are the books that should be brought into the light and talked about openly. For example, you mentioned that between 1990 and 2009 books were banned mostly for containing sex, offensive language and Satanism/occult, and most complaints against these books were from adults. I understand banning them from certain age groups, but banning them entirely is blocking off a whole range of knowledge for people to explore. Reading about these topics is not going to instantly turn a child into a sex starved, swearing cult leader.

    Why Books Shouldn't Be Banned

    Very well done! It’s common for people to take the arts as a joke, but as someone who loves to write and is studying a bachelor of arts, I completely agree that there is immense power in it.

    In particular, I think societies today could learn something from dystopian literature – they’ve been given a variety of guides on what not to do.

    Creative Writing is the Sincerest Form of Reality