March 22, 2019.
What is creative writing? When you look up the meaning of creative writing, Wikipedia would be quick to tell you that “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.”
Here at Palmetto Ridge, the creative writing club has a different meaning. The Creative Writing Club is used as an outlet or a source for students to pour out their feelings in the form of a short story or a poem. They may write about past or present events that have affected them in any kind of way, and the great thing about this club is that no one’s confidence is betrayed or taken for granted. Everyone stays in their element and no one is pushed to do or say anything that they aren’t comfortable with saying or doing. It’s almost like a safe place.
The Sleuth was privileged to hold an interview with President of the Creative Writing Club, Yadi Hernandez. Everyone can read a short story and not know what it exactly means or what was the reason to writing that short story or poem. We wanted to get insight from her to know what exactly goes through her mind when she writes and if she plans to turn her writing into a career and make it long term.
The Sleuth: Do you write very often or just for fun?
Yadi: I write almost all the time, even when I’m bored in class I just write. I either just write down my feelings in my journal or I just come up with an idea for a line or a scene and I just write.
The Sleuth: What inspired you to start writing?
Yadi: Just reading, just seeing all of these things that happen and just reading all these stories that people make up and just wanting to also record that happens in my life because I just want to remember somethings forever, so I write them down.
The Sleuth: What could you say happens in your mind as you write?
Yadi: I honestly just think about people in my life, like when I write I usually base it off things that has [sic] happened in my life or someone that I know that I know in my life. So, I just think about my favorite people in the world.
The Sleuth: Do you think that you’ll publish any of your work to a publishing company in the future?
Yadi: I honestly don’t know, probably not the near future. But I could see myself submitting like a small piece or something. Its more like a free time kind of thing. I don’t see myself pursuing in a professional kind of way. It’s interesting to think about.
Although Yadi wasn’t able to share one of her writings, we were able to receive a short story from another student, Jade Vitale—her story first appeared in the December 2017 Edition of The Sleuth. A link to her story can be found, here. If you need somewhere to express yourself or if you’d like to better your writing skills and get advice, join the creative writing club.