I call this weekly segment of the ABCs of TopNotch Writing the Craft part of writing. But is it truly craft or art? Let’s take a look at the basic difference.
Craft is something you do with pre-existing materials and usually from a pre-existing pattern. For example, if you crochet baby blankets, you need yarn and crochet needles. If you weave baskets, you need reeds and tools.
Art, however, requires no pre-existing components. Yes, you need a computer or a pen and paper. And the artist needs a canvas and paint brushes. But what they actually create—the finished product—comes out of their imaginations, not from a pattern.
This is not to say that some crafters are not imaginative, nor that some artists do not use a pre-existing pattern, such as the painter, for example, who uses a photograph from which to do his painting. But generally speaking, the crafter starts with something while the artist starts with nothing.
The discussion between art and craft is a longstanding one. What do you think? Is there a difference between art and craft? If so, what are those differences? Do you consider writing an art or a craft, or a bit of both?
For a deeper look at this topic, you may wish to check out Moira Allen’s excellent article, “Is Writing an Art or a Craft?”
“Is Writing an Art or a Craft” by Moira Allen