This week has been a little different as I am exclusively working on 3 articles. After a slow writing summer and still trying to get rid of a two week flu bug, and never yet having tackled more than one article at a time, I was a little worried. Yet, after completing a few interviews I was once again reminded of how similar writing fiction and non-fiction.
Both tell stories. An opening hook is crucial. The cadence has to be just so. The vocabulary has to be proper. And, almost most important the information has to be given in a proper balance. Enough to keep the reader informed, while not too much to push a reader away. Dialogue has to be inserted at the proper time and must be used to convey pertinent information in a non-obtrusive way. And of course, voice.
Are there differences between the two forms of writing? Well for me the most apparent difference is conveying a message that I did not create. Of course, not all non-fiction is the same. The magazine I am writing is for families and demands a casual voice. I am enjoying it tremendously! More than I ever imagined I would before beginning to write articles a few months back.
In my fiction writing, I am once again at a stage where research has halted my words for accuracies sake. I am (again) looking up historical facts at onset of World War 1, as well the Suffrage Movement. My stack of books is huge, and whenever I have the opportunity I am reading. I also have a book of letters written during the time. I am seeing there is really not all that much difference between my two types of writings at the moment, yet I feel my non-fiction has the advantage: I am interviewing live people. What I would give to speak to someone who lived through WW1.
Do you ever inter-mingle the two forms of writing, and do you find it challenging?