fiction vs nonfiction

@calajane (1005)
Poland
January 8, 2011 1:14pm CST
There really are two types of writers. Fiction writers with their stories, novels and fanfics; and non-fiction writers writing articles, blog posts, copy and newsletters. I write both, fiction and nonfiction. And while I enjoy writing fiction more, I do much more of nonfiction writing, because it brings me more money. What about you? What do you write more: fiction or nonfiction? And what do you enjoy more?
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8 responses
9 Jan 11
Dear Calajane I write fiction (short-stories; I would never get to finish anything more substantial), but also write non-fiction in personal Astro-profiles,(which some might say are fiction), but would say that the writing techniques for each are different -at least styylistically! What is more different however, is the mindset I adopt before I start to type, because non-fiction has to be factually correct and therefore much more 'researched' than fiction; where it is an aid to creativity when your mind can dart freely through the usual constraints of time and space.
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@calajane (1005)
• Poland
10 Jan 11
I agree, writing fiction takes a completely different mindset. Not to mention that the structure of the whole things is completely different too! Thank you so much for responding
10 Jan 11
Dear Calajane, You're very welcome Calajane. What is your subject/content with short stories? I find I keep referring back to real people and real events (personal, or family ones which have become neighbourhood folklore) and mask them with different names. I'm hoping to grow out of it at some time, but currently am still stuck in its quicksand.Namaste.
@Catana (736)
• United States
8 Jan 11
I used to write some non-fiction, mostly articles for various paying sites. But I got pretty sick of and now I'm working to become a published novelist. I really love writing fiction, much more than I ever did non-fiction. I still blog, but most of my blogging is about writing, and I don't do it for money. I have no idea whether I'll ever make any money from my fiction, but I've put some of it online and others like it, so I might settle for that. I keep thinking about writing an article every now and then, but so far I haven't done it.
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@calajane (1005)
• Poland
8 Jan 11
Good luck! Working towards being published is a very difficult thing,especially nowadays. But I'll keep my fingers crossed for you And I don't know about you, but I LOVE blogging about writing. I feel that it not only helps your readers to become better writers, but just by analyzing writing, you can evolve as well.
@Catana (736)
• United States
8 Jan 11
You're right about the blogging. I often have helpful insights when I'm working on an idea *about* writing. I enjoy sharing what I've learned and sometimes I don't even really know what I've learned until I start writing about it. Thanks for the good wishes, but I'll need them more for finding readers and buyers than for publishing. I decided a long time ago that I didn't want to go through the hassles of getting an agent and a publisher, seeing my books go out of print, etc., so I'm going to be putting my novels out as ebooks. I hope to get the first one published in the next two or three months.
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@kykidd (6819)
• United States
9 Jan 11
My articles and blogs are all non-fiction. It does seem to create more of an income than the fiction type of writing. My niece writes a lot of fiction, and is really hopeful that she will become a famous author some day. She has a novel that she is writing, and has ask me to read it. Unfortunately, not only do I enjoy writing non-fiction, but I also enjoy reading non-fiction more as well. I started out mostly writing about travel and describing the free things there are to do in different cities. Although, lately I have begun to write different types of How To articles and they are doing fine. I'm obviously not making a good living with these articles, but they do provide an additional small portion of income monthly. Good luck to you and your writing career. Since you prefer writing fiction, I hope that you too are able to be a published author some day!
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@calajane (1005)
• Poland
10 Jan 11
Thank you so much for your wishes. It really is an ultimate wish, to get published and get your work out there. Writers need readers to survive, they are like air - necessary for survival Thanks for the response. I'll keep my fingers crossed for your niece :)
@dodo19 (34300)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
9 Jan 11
Personally, I have written a lot more fiction. It's something that I find easier to write. I have more ideas for fiction than non fiction. Although, I will say that I would be interested in writing some non fiction at some point. I'm not sure when, but it's something that I would like to do.
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@calajane (1005)
• Poland
10 Jan 11
Writing fiction definitely feels like a more creative task, but there's something about passing on the knowledge that appeals to me. So I'm going to keep my fingers crossed for you and writing nonfiction sometime in the future. And of course good luck with getting your fiction out there!
@emma90 (530)
• Indonesia
8 Jan 11
I enjoy to write nonfiction. I write about the life in college now, and still process. I hope I can finish that as soon as possible. Beside write a book. I like write in my blog too. Have a good day buddy...happy lotting
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@calajane (1005)
• Poland
8 Jan 11
Thank you so much for responding! I write a lot more nonfiction as well, but I write on more than one topic. And I'll keep my fingers crossed for your book
@wydtron (302)
• Portugal
8 Jan 11
I write alot more of fiction because I love using my imagination and creativity. Why using letters to describe reality when we can live it right? That is why I prefer fiction. I think reading a non-fiction story is the same of watching a reality show. You see the participants watching a movie instead of you watching the movie witch is kinda sad. So my advice watch the movie live the non-fiction life but dont read it or you will be living another persons life Thanks for reading my post
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@calajane (1005)
• Poland
8 Jan 11
Thank you for your response and insight. It's a great approach, to just live the life instead of reading about it or watching it on TV
• United States
10 Jan 11
Calajane- It seems unfair to limit the scope to such a broad topic of non-fiction versus fiction. Each contains a host of genre that though one may write for one may not write on another. Currently I am finishing my thesis in special education, and writing a thesis though non-fiction is not the same as writing my advice column answers which are also non-fiction. I enjoy both for the various reasons, and both are interesting. I also write fiction on the side from short stories to poetry. I also have several fiction books in the works. I find that for myself fiction allows me to escape from the reality. It allows me a venue to speak about reality without directly speaking about it. Namaste-Anora
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@AdalieM (1135)
• United States
8 Apr 11
I have a diary about fiction articles, of course they are fake, but they are fun to write. Non-fiction makes you the more money, but if you learn a few things about SEO, I bet you could start your own fiction blog and earn twice the money. These things usually take time but is possible. Fiction is more fun than the actual facts.