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Fiction is not non-nonfiction

 

January 11, 2012

I am making a big change in my writing. After many years of historical research on topics for books, I published three historical nonfiction books. While I enjoy research, it takes a lot of time and energy to produce historical nonfiction. So I decided to go down a new path and try my hand at fiction.

So I have decided to go down a new path and try my hand at fiction. I came up with several ideas, chose one and am developing a story. It did not take long to discover how different writing fiction was from nonfiction. Research for nonfiction told me all about the characters and what they would do and say and where the story would go. In writing fiction I have to create the characters and develop who they are and what they will do and say. This is a great workout that I am enjoying and has given me a greater sense of freedom for my imagination and organizing skills than nonfiction. In addition, writing fiction is more in line with my plans to develop screenplays and scripts with the aim of producing films.

 

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I’ve read that somewhere

 

February 14, 2010

How often have you read a text and had the feeling that you have seen it somewhere before.  The fact is that you probably have.  I think it is almost impossible to read anything and not have this happen.   If you read a lot and have a halfway decent memory you are likely to use someone else’s ideas that crept into your head without you even realizing it.  This is not limited to just writing.   After I had learned my lines as an actor people would point out that I was beginning to talk like my character in my daily conversation without being aware of it.  I write mainly nonfiction and have found that having other’s ideas appear among mine can be difficult to escape, especially when using several texts that cover the same material.  The more research you do, the more likely your book will include others’ words and ideas.  In general, I have given up worrying about it since I don’t have the time to go back through everything I have read to make sure I am not using their sentences.  Although plagiarism is a concern, I am hopeful that the odd sentence from elsewhere that I have included without meaning too will not be enough to condemn me.

 

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