The simplest way to differentiate the two is that Fiction is not true and non-fiction is true. Non-fiction involves real people, places and real events. Fiction is all made up. I have written a beginner’s bridge book as well as a cook book. They are definitely not fiction, but I’m not sure I would call them non-fiction. I’d rather put them in a category called “how-to” books.
Writing non-fiction takes a lot of discipline. It involves lots of research and analysis to make sure that your facts are correct. I’m not sure I would be good at that or even enjoy it. But never say never.
I do enjoy writing fiction. It allows my imagination to go in all directions. I can make characters that are a compilation of many people in one. The locations however I like to use real places that I’ve been and are familiar with. Using a place you have never been in a fiction novel can lead to mistakes that people from that area would be sensitive. My advice is to use places where you have bee and are familiar with the culture of the people who live there.
One of the most difficult things for me in writing a fiction story is developing ideas that are new and are mine, rather than using ideas that I’ve read in other books. I try to put myself in my character and ask “how would Alex react this this situation”. And also write about events where I have been involved.
When it comes to writing, which one do you prefer? I would love to read your thoughts in the comment section below! Also, please grab a copy of my book, The Mosquito Bites, and follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.
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