Fiction vs. non- fiction by Dennis Scheel
When writing, one of the first things you have to consider, which also matters when looking for publishers, editors, reviewers and etc, is if your story belongs in fiction or non- fiction, each one has their own styles and sub-genres. Some writers try stories which have a little of both. To be inspired by actual events.
With non- fiction, not all of them have as much text, but on the other hand, they need to do a good chunk of research, gathering all the material of the events detailed. A type of instruction does too, but a biography, you only need, if you’re writing another person’s tale. If so, the hours of hearing that person tell their story can quickly run into the hundreds. I once considered it, despite my young age. The one I considered was about the difficulty in coming back after being paralyzed on the right side from toe to my face, but in my case, I quickly learned it wasn’t something, which appealed to me. Having said that, I can imagine it being good; I managed to come out better on the other side after all… so perhaps someday.
Fiction, the genre which is more up my alley. It contains many sub-genres and styles too, which can be different from non- fiction, but they are there in a big way. Research is more relevant in genres, which lay in our world or in military or science fiction genre for a prime example. With concepts, which we may need to be refreshed on, like the name of specific events- when that was, or if you want to use it, you’ll require its name. What we, as writers may know, might not always be up to par when it comes to being put into a story or a plot of 20-40, even 100k words, but that is something BETA readers, or editors also can help with to an extent.
But writers are not all the same, writing as well as the tales we want to tell are different. Some fit into fiction in their style and the stories they want to tell, while some others belong more in the non- fiction genre, each has their own methods of telling. There’s even those who lay the grey area in between, blending the genres…
Written by Dennis Scheel
Dennis Scheel has always had the stories running in his head, but not until after his accident, which left him mute and paralyzed on the right side was he able to tell them. After he worked his way back, he wanted to try to tell his story once more since an acquaintance told him there was talent in his poetry, he had been convinced by his ex not to write for ten years, she insisted he had no talent. This time tried in English since all other times failed. Finally, he succeeded, and he never stopped writing since. Which led to the completion of No Way Back- The Underworlds and the sequel Taken With a Dark Desire: The Underworlds