I have received numerous inquiries about a subject that is still hotly debated amongst editors and authors, especially in the poetry circles. Students and young writers often ask what a creative writer should do when their core style and approach to writing is out of 'fashion' among publications and literary journals.
As always, individuals have a choice between changing styles or expanding their stylistic range. However, this doesn't always mean that they'll produce their best work under such constraints and that it might be a bit too reductive and short-sighted to assume--based on just trends within journals and publications--that an out-of-style entry will be automatically rejected simply due to being out-of-style.
Creative Writing for Publication: The Delicate Balance between Creativity & Industry Standards
Creative writing, as a field itself, remains difficult to regulate as it is by its very design a pursuit of unhindered literary stylistic expression and in some cases, coupled with the intentional aim to break conventions of mainstream professional writing. Poetry is considered a cornerstone of this branch of writing—and is arguably one of its grounding principals—because it also remains a highly subjective and evolving aspect of the literary creative arts.
However, in recent times, the question of form and style—in an industry standard context—have become all too common. The more industrious writing has become as a craft, the more it has become subject to encroaching aspects of what some might consider arbitrary convention. Creative writers, which certainly includes poetry authors, have to take market trends into consideration and this is where publication requirements and standards may very well be serving as a powerful force of influence in the creative process (Writer's Relief, 2008). A force that is encouraging writers to make ad hoc changes to their natural style that may arguably defy the very essence of creativity in writing as it is understood today.
The question of a carefully regulated and industry-sensitive approach to poetry composition has come up in literature circles recently with a sizeable support for following market requirements; after all, creative writers are often looking to sell their work and that often requires meeting a given publication's demands in a free market setting. Of course, many have also argued that a creative writing ...
An examination of the pragmatic concerns of getting published while also exercising full creative control of one's writing--and how these two aspects can be reconciled--against the backdrop of publication and journal trends when it comes to in-demand writing styles.