This Writer's Life, Writing

Writing: Fiction or Non-Fiction?

Stop signIn a recent blog post by Anne R Allen, guest blogger, Nina Badzin discusses how she realised she enjoyed writing non-fiction more than fiction. Her idea of being a writer turned out differently to the one she had originally envisioned. Since reading that post, I was beginning to wonder the same about my own writing.

Despite coming up with new ideas for fiction stories, strengthening plots within the drafts of two novellas and working on character development, I feel there is something missing. Lately I have taken to writing more blog posts, which I have enjoyed so that, ultimately, my fiction writing has taken second place. It has stopped me in my tracks and left me wondering what kind of writer I really am.

During my studies, I had grown accustomed to writing non-fiction, yet in the back of my mind the fiction always demanded attention; now the two have decided to go ‘head to head’, so to speak. My husband told me that only I know what kind of writing I want to do, and now my instincts are telling me I have a foot in both the fiction and non-fictional worlds.

When it comes to non-fiction, over the years I had often dabbled with the idea of writing personal essays. It was after all, a personal essay I had to write for an assignment once, where I received a distinction and my lecturer wanted to know if I was going on to do my Master’s degree. That’s when I realised I just might be on to something.

At the moment, I feel I clearly need to express myself more through writing non-fiction than through my fiction. I have every hope that by doing so, this will ultimately lead me to continue with my fictional projects. I now find myself taking a different path with my writing journey – after all, every writer’s journey is different.

Do you prefer to write fiction or non-fiction? Do you also find yourself in both camps? Have you found yourself writing differently to what you had originally intended?

Image by Debbie Johansson.

* As a side note, I will now be returning to Slow Blogging. I will blog on an intermittent basis.

University, Writing

Beginner Writers: Step out of Your Comfort Zone.

A couple of years ago, I wrote about Writing with Passion.  In order to be successful as a writer, one needs to write what they are passionate about.  Anything else and you’re not being authentic and true to yourself.

A few weeks back after reading a post from Christy Farmer, I began to question my own niche as a writer.  With the combination of these two posts, I have since discovered that some things have changed, but others have remained the same.  I’m still passionate about my favourite genres and particular topics.  I remember one of my lecturers telling us that she found the best essays were written on topics that students felt passionate about.  I believe in what she says and the same rule applies with anything we write.

In recent years, due to my University studies, there has been a shift in the different styles of writing that I do now.  I’ve always enjoyed writing and for me it has mainly been works of fiction.  Since I began my studies, I have been required to write personal essays, travel writing, as well as writing many other essays on various subjects.  Slowly, but surely I have become accustomed to writing works of non-fiction; something I was always afraid of and therefore, made sure to steer away from.

To be a successful writer, one needs to be flexible; especially nowadays with the future of publication.  As technology changes, so must we.  To show that we are willing to try different writing styles and use different ways of publishing, can only improve ourselves as writers.  What we write and how we write it can improve our portfolios, making us look appealing to publishers.

When it comes to writing, don’t be afraid to experiment.  Artists and musicians do it all the time; by doing so they have learnt to evolve and expand not only their talents, but also their audiences.

How has your writing evolved over the years?  Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone?

Image by Debbie Johansson.