10-second review: What characteristics can you evaluate in creative writing?
Title: “Evaluating Creative Writing: A Different Ball Game.” Ken Kantor. English Journal (April 1975), 72-74. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
Summary: Divergent thinking and convergent thinking. Convergent thinking has a pre-determined answer. Divergent thinking searches for a range of possible solutions. JP Guilford. Following are some characteristics that teachers can identify in their students' creative writing.
Playfulness and fantasy. Willing to create own reality.
Risk-taking and skepticism. Resist pressure to conform and take the risk of adopting an independent or unique stance.
Openness to experience. Original, concrete details.
Symbolic expression: metaphor and symbol.
Comment: Useful way of thinking about how to deal with creative writing. Identify one or several characteristics of creativity. RayS.