1 February 2015

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Writing Fiction Versus Non-Fiction

Fiction and non-fiction have been compared tirelessly throughout the years. Because each genre has its own pros and cons, people often debate about which writing style is easier or more practical. Let's examine some differences, and then find out how they differ and what similarities hold true to both. 

How Does One Write About Fiction?  
Fiction writing tries to reach an audience that has a knack for seeking entertainment. These readers want to feed their imagination. They want the story to transport their imaginations to different places and periods. A fiction writer should have a very big imagination and be very creative.

A fiction writer should have some basic requirements to write a good story; these basics include developing: 1) a solid and interesting plot; 2) strong, relatable characters; and 3) a great writing style with a flair of creativity. Develop these elements fully. Concentrate on answering the "whys" behind the events in your story.

Most readers of fiction stories want to escape their realities and challenge their brains. This is why including mysteries, conflicts and suspense in your fiction is vital to entertain your readers. These elements keep your readers enticed and glued to your story's plot.

Most writers love writing fiction because the genre does not have strict boundaries; fiction writers have more freedom and control over what they create, without readers arguing what is factual or not. Typically, research does not play an important role in developing fiction books; what matters most is using your imagination and creativity.

How Does One Write About Non-Fiction?
Writing about non-fiction may not be as easy as fiction writing. After all, non-fiction writers -- unlike their counterparts -- thrive off what is real instead of finding entertainment through the imagination.

Non-fiction writers concentrate more on things that we can see and touch. Actual experiences play a major role on the story's quality. Readers look for vivid descriptions about events and historical references to interest them.

Non-fiction writing requires extensive research. You can't fake research in non-fiction writing. Filling in spaces with fictional events is rarely tolerated. In fact, many controversies in the publishing world have sprung up about false research or fabricated stories, especially in memoirs and journalistic pieces. As the author, you must include exact historical and factual information.

Which Style Is Better To Use?
Fiction writing and non-fiction writing have many differences and require different specialties and talents. Many writers may feel confused on which writing style they want to adopt as their own.

Most writers say that sticking with one form of writing is inadequate to earn a living as a freelance author. If you want to become known and successful as a writer, then embrace both writing styles because many different demands may come your way.

Each style has its pros and cons that may render them equal to each other. Although writing about fiction usually does not require a lot of research, not every writer can transform his imagination and make-believe-world to paper. Writers will still face obstacles in non-fiction writing during the creative process. On the other hand, doing research for fiction can be quite draining, but at least you have freedom to create a storyline instead of having real events dictate the storyline for you.

These two writing styles may look different, and they have their own advantages and disadvantages. Versatility in both styles can do a lot to establish your credibility and creativity as an author.

Neither style is superior or inferior from the other. Both genres capture the intelligence and interest of many writers. You can't go wrong with either writing style. 

 Submitted by: Brian Scott

About Today's Contributor
Brian Scott is the founder of Book Proposal Writing, a free website that teaches you how to write a book proposal. (Download your free sample book proposal while you're there.)

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