Friday, August 25, 2006

I'm thinking of writing a book. I've always loved reading and thought I'd like to write something myself. I'm conducting a little survey of my readership here and would like to ask:

Should I write fiction, non-fiction, or nothing at all?

Please give your reasons as well. If I don't receive any comments, I'll be forced to write a science-fiction romance novel. Yes, I'm losing my mind. I thought I'd just go with it.

6 comments:

KatieLaBs said...

I vote for non fiction because you are matter of fact and to the point. However, a sci fi romance novel would be intruiging as well :)

katielabs said...

...although, CS Lewis was pretty matter of fact yet he wrote some classic fiction. So I am not so sure I vote for non-fiction. Here's my suggestion; why don't you write a little snipit of both a non fiction and fiction and then we can give you better feed back.

Mr. Baggins said...

It is my opinion that Christian writers need to take the fiction world by storm. We have abandoned the field to those who love not God, but the world. We need more C.S. Lewis and Tolkien. Write a fantasy work that is as deeply Christian as these two authors were in their works.

jul said...

The only problem with tackling that genre is I'm doomed to count myself a failure by comparing my writing to theirs. I love the fiction of both of those authors. It would be some kind of strange dream world for sure if I could come up with something even remotely as readable. But maybe I could learn something from trying? I'll think about it. I first have to ascertain how serious I really am about this idea since it sounds like a lot of work. I could write a cookbook though. I forgot about that.

Mr. Baggins said...

Creativity is increased when the boundaries around the work are increased. I remember writing a piece of music for the organ in college. If I were to merely sit down and say, "I'm going to write a piece of music for the organ," I would be stifled, since there are so many choices. However, I said to myself, "I'm going to write a piece of music for just pedals. Only for the feet." The piece practically rocketed out of my head.

With regard to Lewis and Tolkien, I certainly see your point. One would have to come up with an idea so different from theirs, that you would not feel compelled to compare. It is a bit like Brahms saying as how it was hard to compose a symphony when one hears the steps of a giant like HIM (Beethoven) stamping behind one.

However, it has been done by others. See Brooks's Shannara trilogy, and Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy. I believe that they are both Catholics. By the way, if you haven't read Williams, then you need to. Dragonbone Chair, Stone of Farewell, and To Green Angel Tower. Absolutely fabulous.

jul said...

Thanks for the helpful advice and recommended reading. I'm always looking for great books I've never read (though I'm quite content to re-read when I'm stuck).