General Updates, november nano

Sci Fi Research On Hold, New Ideas

My Sci Fi research is on hold. I’m not sure for how long. I am taking a writing course through Winghill Writing School and they say not to start writing in a genre you know nothing about. They say to write what you love to read about and for me, I love to read fantasy and historical fiction. So, I think that is the way I will go for now for writing for NaNo, but that is not to say I will never try my hand at Sci Fi. Oh, no. I love to watch it, but I need to spend some time researching the genre and reading Sci Fi to get a good feel for it. I just didn’t feel I could come up with a good Sci Fi story in just a couple of weeks of NaNo starting. It would be a forced story and not a good one.

So what am I working on for the November NaNo this year? That is a good question. I have had some ideas for nonfiction pieces I’ve been wanting to write and have written a rough draft several years ago, but have not published the book because it didn’t seem to work. I have been through the health trials of PTSD, gluten intolerance that when undiagnosed for so many years I developed allergies (food and environmental  and asthma. The thing is I have so MUCH information due to journal entries I get so overwhelmed and writing strictly nonfiction can bring back some of the emotions with those situations.

So my question to all the readers of nonfiction out there: Would you prefer a strictly nonfiction book on someone’s life experiences  or would you enjoy a fiction story that is “based on true life experiences”?

I feel personally that writing my experiences in a fictional setting would be easier emotionally for me, but what I really want to write is what my readers prefer to read.

I pray I get a LOT of response to this blog post. I really do want to know what readers prefer regarding this issue.

Thank you so much for you time.

Have a wonderful, blessed day!


2 thoughts on “Sci Fi Research On Hold, New Ideas”

  1. Janis, I have respect for Winghill, and I am hope I not messing with either your head or your goals. But I respectfully disagree with them about not writing in a genre you know nothing about.
    The great old time, all time sci fi writers–Clark, Heinlein, Asimov, Bradbury, H.G. Wells: where did THEY learn about science fiction. They invented it. Oh, there were science fiction writers, obscure and dated. But these folks invented their worlds, their societies, their beings, their societies, their gadgets, their i-d-e-as. One of them dreamed up a story in which dogs evolved to the point where they walked, talked, made stuff and had a religions–they worshipped humans. Arthur C. Clark envisioned the Ipad decades before we knew what they were.
    Right now, I am inventing a tribe that doesn’t exist. I have had to come up with their society, their religion, their heros and so forth. True, my field isn’t science fiction, but the dreams and visions of the science fiction greats give me my own vision and goals, and to try something like this.
    The few novels I’ve written–under pseudonyms–have all been ordinary tripe. But I have vision to try more and try harder.
    So, I encourage you to take the very being that God has created you in, to dream, speculate and push forward, not thwarted by the virtual handcuffs that others try to put on you. I know that the advice in question is taught and parroted by many writing teachers.
    Courage sometimes means ignoring the safe advice and proceeding to the empty, terrifying page, and put one letter after another until you come up with your own story that pleases you and satisfies you in your desire to please the Lord.
    If you must follow the Winghill guidelines, fine. But I encourage you to keep on with your own dreams at the same time. Creativity usually comes out of the meeting of two or more different things.


    1. I agree. I know it is taught to “stick with what you know”, but I do not follow that because…well…my dreams just don’t fit a one size fits all mold. I have tried sticking to what I know and trust me, that gets old fast and the desire, the need to explore beyond what you know becomes great and once you take that step forward into other dimensions unknown there lies a great opportunity for learning and an expansion of creativity. We must “boldly go where no one has gone before”! Sorry, couldn’t help myself!


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