Today is Inspire Your Heart With Art Day, and while most people call to mind paintings, drawings and sculptures when they think of art, art can actually be manifested in other mediums in addition to these more traditional ones.
According to Merriam-Webster, art is defined as the following:
1: skill acquired by experience, study, or observation
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3: an occupation requiring knowledge or skill
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4a : the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects
5a archaic : a skillful planb : the quality or state of being artful (see artful 2a)
6: decorative or illustrative elements in printed matter
For the purposes of this article, we’ll be referring to definition 4a. According to that definition, art is “the conscious use of skill and creative imagination.” Writing certainly requires a conscious use of skill, and it oftentimes requires creative imagination as well, which would definitely make it fall within the requirements to be termed as “art.”
However, even if you want to refer to another one of the definitions listed above, such as definitions 2 or 3, you’ll find that writing falls within the requirements to be termed as “art.” In relation to definition 2a, writing does constitute a branch of learning; likewise, in relation to 2b, it is also one of the basic humanities that we are taught.
Furthermore, in relation to definition 3, it is also, obviously, an occupation that requires knowledge or skill. In order to write, you must know, understand and employ the rules that govern writing. A technical grasp of grammar and sentence structure is required and mastery of those skills results in the art of writing.
However, when we think of art in the sense as it’s meant in this national holiday, Inspire Your Heart With Art Day, we think of creative art that is inspired. Poems, novels and other types of writing that requires some sort of creation all fall within what is deemed as written art. To illustrate, I believe that no one would argue that Shakespeare’s writings are a work of art, nor that the late poet Lord Byron’s are as well.
Does this mean that in order for your writing to be a work of art that is has to be fiction? The answer is no because as long as “the conscious use of skill and creative imagination” was employed in the creating of the written work, then it can be classified as art. This means that your writing as a freelance writer could even be classified as art. You certainly have to employ the conscious use of skill in your writing endeavors, and even if you are writing non-fiction articles, you’re most likely employing your creative imagination to illustrate a point or describe a scene or situation.
While many writers desire to only write novels and other creative works, those people who want to make a living writing realize the value in freelancing articles to paying clients and writing their creative works in their free time. If you’re trying to make a living as a writer, then you might need to engage in a bit of freelancing to help you pay your bills and make ends meet. This doesn’t mean that you have to put off writing your novel or book of poems. Rather, it helps secure you financially until you’ve finished your great work and gotten it published so that you can earn royalties from it.
This also doesn’t mean that you have to give up your love for creating written art. In fact, in order to keep your freelance writing from becoming dull and too technical, it’s oftentimes a good idea to infuse your pieces with a bit of humor or imagery, both of which require you to employ your creative imagination.
Writing is art, so today on Inspire Your Heart With Art Day, create art with your writing, no matter whether you’re writing in the freelancing or leisurely capacity.