My genre of choice as a reader and a freelance writer has been non-fiction. I have written for local newspapers, magazines and online publications such as eHow and Indie Music, as well as writing web content, marketing materials and product descriptions for clients through Envato Studios. While these articles and other written works take time to put together, it feels natural to me, and I rarely struggle. Now that I’m working on a fiction series, I have a greater appreciation for those who write in this genre. I once had someone comment to me that writing fiction was easy, because you “just make stuff up”. That couldn’t be further from the truth. If you can imagine telling a lie to several people over a period of time, it takes tremendous effort to keep up with it and remember to whom you told what. Not only is keeping up with the lie and making sure all the way through your story is consistent with each person you tell, you may even need to research portions of the lie to ensure it is made up of believable scenarios. Even right down to the weather on a particular day can be critical to others believing the lie. This is what it’s like to write fiction. It should not be viewed as easy, but rather it should be respected. It takes great talent to write a good story that draws the reader into the story, and the characters must be as exciting and believable as the plot.
“The most confused you will ever get is when you try to convince your heart and spirit of something your mind knows is a lie.”
― Shannon L. Alder