Fiction or Non-Fiction?

creative WritingSo you have decided on becoming a writer. Congratulations! As long as you keep your expectations in check and are doing it for the right reasons it should be a fun trip.

It is very important to research the kind of writing that works best for you. Start thinking about what to write and trying to decide what you are most comfortable with.

You may have already thought of doing some non-fiction, writing about a particular historical period or scenario. You might have even thought of writing about your family’s own history.

On the other hand you might have chosen to do non-fiction and have been trying hard to motivate yourself to start your novel now, or perhaps, continue what you’ve delayed for the past few years, trying to decide on the characters or the setting.

Just remember that you are a writer. You can write anything you want. The sea of ideas is boundless. It’s just up to you to choose.

The Difference

But really, how does a fiction book differ to a non-fiction book? Very simple. The former is true while the latter is not. Fiction books are all about the use of your imaginative, creative thinking to create things; you therefore write about imaginary characters, circumstances, and places. In other words, your imagination is the driving force when writing fictional novels. Non-fiction books, on the other hand, are based on real, hard facts; you are to write about real personalities, circumstances and places. So research is very important. But whatever you choose, one fact remains – both require you to release your creative side on the world.

Can you do Both?

Wondering if you can do both? Becoming a writer for fiction and non-fiction? Of course, you can. In fact, many of the bestselling authors nowadays started with writing and publishing journals as well and memoirs. Just think of George Orwell and Mark Twain.

Just do it

Whether writing is your passion that allows you to express your ideas on a personal level, or you like to write “how to” books for extra revenue, write what works for you.

How much can you make writing fiction or non-fiction books? Which is easier to sell? This is especially important if one of your primary goals is to earn part time through your books. tp get an idea of what is working for indie authors take a look at the Amazon 100 list.

Consider that although there is a good market for fiction books, many part time writers have decided to write at least some Non Fiction. Such areas as how-to books, career, dieting, cooking, journals, self improvement can allow you to earn on the side while you work on your best seller.

So, what will you write?


“The freelance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word …….or perhaps.”
—Robert Benchley