The Implementation of Creative Writing Technique in Short Story with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Themes as the Initial Product of Digital Audio-visual Illustration for Trauma Healing Alternative


This research aims to create short stories with PTSD themes by applying the creative writing technique for short stories as the initial product of digital audio-visual illustration, which will be used as an alternative for trauma healing. The product of this research is a part of art therapy that can assist in expressing various emotions of both the creator of the work and its audience. This study applies the creative writing technique for short stories by Edward Archibald Markham, consisting of 10 key points in creative writing for short stories, namely: (1) preparing for the short story, (2) revision, (3) the opening paragraph, (4) revision 2 - paying attention to detail, (5) shape: structure and form, (6) revision 3, (7) character, (8) dialogue, (9) literary conceits and extended metaphors, and (10) advanced exercises. This technique was chosen because it is highly relevant in developing a short story that vividly portrays traumatic experiences for the readers to empathize with. This research is a continuous study and a collaboration of researchers from the Faculty of Language and Arts at Universitas Negeri Jakarta, with expertise in literary studies, music composition, and visual arts. Therefore, this short story serves as the initial product that will be further developed into a digital audio-visual illustration (mixed art) that will play a role as an alternative art therapy for trauma healing.

Keywords: creative writing, short story, PTSD, trauma healing, narrative text

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