I read a fair number of blogs that are centered around writing. It was not until earlier this year that I started seeing posts about genres in particular. True, some writers would mention the genres they were interested in but did not sway away, making me consider and ponder on how much they really knew about the craft as a whole.
Sorry if this offends anyone. I just feel that the capacity of a wordsmith should go beyond what his or her preferences are. A lot can be learned from all facets.
I know I would be a klutz at writing anything about science fiction, yet I still do exercises with this type of writing because it expands my knowledge of the skill as a whole.
I could probably write a romantic story but I do not have any inclination to do so. I am one of those strange females who only sees love in the smallest of acts. The grandiose actions performed in movies and, oftentimes, in books do not strike me as being real or true. This, I am sure, is hurting my knowledge of my experience with this art.
The blogs I subscribe to have been doing a better job of running more of the gamut of genres over the last few months. Nevertheless, they seem to be overlooking a category that, in actuality, is rather extensive–the genre of non-fiction.
Although I find fault with this inattention, I will admit I am just as guilty or even more so. There were not any instances during my years in schools when I would have made such a blunder. After all, my better grades were attributed to my capabilities to write in this genre. Through these last few years, reading so many blogs about writing, I acquired a belief that was totally unfounded. The belief was the opinion that I could not call myself an author until I had a work of fiction published. Yes, ludicrous to say the least.
Where did I get this fabricated notion? After pondering on this question for several days, I, finally, decided I was putting too much reliance on the opinions of others and not nearly enough on my own experiences, opinion, and education.
After this inner deliberation, I set out to detail my knowledge a little.
There are four major types of non-fiction:
- Narrative Writing: “This type of nonfiction tells a true story about a person, event, or place. Sometimes this kind of nonfiction can be written in the first person, but it always involves some research on the writer’s part.”
- Expository Writing: “The purpose of this type of nonfiction writing is to explain or inform a reader about a certain topic. With expository writing, the reader may or may not have prior knowledge about the topic being discussed, so research is central to successfully executing expository nonfiction.”
- Persuasive Writing: “With persuasive writing, the writer takes a position on an issue and argues for his or her side or against an opposing side. The writer will use facts and information to support his or her own argument while trying to influence his readers’ opinions. Normally, this kind of writing takes the form of an op-ed piece or editorial in the newspaper.”
- Descriptive Writing: “Descriptive nonfiction employs all five senses to help the reader get a visual of what the writer is trying to describe. Sensory language, rich details, and figurative language are methods used to achieve good descriptive nonfiction.”
[quoted material from EliteEditing]
On top of this, there are thirteen subgenres and thirty-seven ways to use this type of writing.
What really perturbs me now is I know I am halfway decent at writing non-fiction, which definitely is not the case with fiction. I have spent over three years trying to do something I know I have too many weaknesses with, thinking, somehow, I can overstep them. Additionally, I have disregarded half of the field of writing, the side I actually enjoy with gusto.
I must, also, admit, that it is I who chose to subscribe to blogs that center around fictional writing. I have, since this epiphany, added blogs more suitable to what I want to learn more about in the craft.
Is anyone else out there struggling because of one misbelief?