Every day I sit down at my computer, sometimes with a blank mind, yet ready to write. As my fingers fly across the keyboard, words, sentences and paragraphs take shape on the page. Much of my energy goes to an unconscious ability to sit still while writing new words and re-writing them ad nausea, to strive for perfection. There is a demanding labor going on inside of me, directing my mind to generate the right vocabulary for the work in progress. I write because I have to write. I found my passion, my bliss.
A writer is someone who writes. Simplistic, but accurate. What really goes on behind the scenes can be mind blogging for those who take the definition literally. Writing is a manual labor known as the power of the pen.
A writer must be a researcher. I’m grateful for the internet with its abundance of information on all subjects. A writer conducts research to find accurate and authentic details, regardless of the current chosen genre. Considering a subject matter of interest to readers is a challenge of asking questions, taking polls and exploring the current available writings. Writers must please themselves first before reaching out to readers.
Writing is an art form, a labor of love which involves a strong commitment and willingness to sacrifice. Most people who choose writing as a career do so because of a compulsive need to write. Others choose writing as a way of expressing themselves. Staying motivated to sit down alone in the quiet to create the best possible results, can be quite a challenge.
Writers encourage themselves over and over to strive to accomplish the best writing ever created. The process includes putting heart and energy into the writing. It’s your child, the best one ever, in spite of all the labor pains. That much devotion comes across in the writing.
Writing is an outrageous labor, idleness is worse. Don’t give up. If writing is what you want to do, then do it regularly regardless of what you perceive as a lack of support from others. Write for yourself first and foremost. Writing is a creative skill where you can appear to be ridiculous if you aren’t paid to write, but in reality, writing is the reward.
As you prepare to write, think about the purpose (goals) for your writing: to entertain? to inform? to persuade? Setting the purpose for writing is an important consideration. Do you write in the same genre as you like to read?
History of writings
Cave paintings, from 32,000 years ago, are one of the oldest forms of human expression. They were either a non-fiction record of what prehistoric man caught on hunting trips, or fiction as a portrayal of what they would like to catch on future occasions. Most early writing systems began with pictograms or small images depicting the thing being conveyed.
In 3200 BC temple officials kept track of the animals and other goods which were the temple’s wealth. The scribes drew a simplified picture in clay, and then made a similar mark in the clay for the number counted and recorded. When it baked hard in the sun, the clay tablet became a permanent recorded document.
Over time, a standardized method of writing began to emerge. It carried messages everywhere. Records and legal documents represent the non-fiction produced throughout history. They represent the events, ideas, manners and attitudes of the times.
–There are basically two kinds of writings: truths and lies, otherwise known as nonfiction and fiction. (That’s supposed to be a witticism!)
The genre is the type of publication you are writing or reading. The major categories are
Fiction is a general term used to describe an imaginative work with three elements: characters, settings, and conflicts. Writing is not a story unless something happens to someone – a character, and it happens somewhere – a setting. A conflict or problem is necessary to make something happen.
Commercial Fiction attracts a broad audience and may also fall into any subgenre, like mystery, romance, legal thriller, western, science fiction, and so on.
Literary Fiction appeals to a smaller, more intellectually adventurous audience. It contains excellent writing, original thought, and a style at a level above ordinary written works.
Genre Fiction is also known as mainstream fiction.
Mystery Fiction is a mystery story with focus on a crime, usually murder.
Romance Fiction has elements of fantasy, love, naïveté, extravagance, adventure, and always the heroic lover overcoming impossible odds to be with his true love.
Women’s Fiction includes a focus on relationships; one or more strong female protagonists who triumph over unbearable circumstances and the experiences of women are unified in some way.
Science Fiction consists of fiction/fantasy novels depicting distant worlds and futuristic technologies which allow for contemplation of contemporary issues. It is imaginative, thoughtful, and other-worldly.
Suspense Thriller includes suspense novels and thrillers that are tense, exciting and often sensational with resourceful plotting, swift action, and continuous suspense.
Westerns portray life on America’s post-Civil War western frontier, usually involving conflicts between cowboys and outlaws, cowboys and Native Americans, or Easterners and Westerners.
Children’s stories are for pre-school and school age children, mostly picture books. They speak to the subjects of the targeted age group.
2. Non-Fiction –Almost everything else
Almanac, Autobiography, Biography, Blueprint, Book report, Creative nonfiction, Design document, Diagram, Diary, Dictionary, Nonfiction films (documentaries), Encyclopedia, Essay, Guides and manuals, Handbook, History, Journal , Journalism, Letters, Literary criticism, Memoir, Natural history and Philosophy. And Photograph, Research paper, Science book, Scientific paper, Statute, Textbook, Travelogue, Self-help, How-to, Memoir, Informational, Reference, Academic and Cookbooks and more.
This list reveals the vast landscape called nonfiction. If you have knowledge and want to share it, whether it is games for children, family secret recipes or how to run a car on kitty litter, write nonfiction as your chosen genre.
Poetry is lines of varying length, forming stanzas as in rhyming patterns. Poetry can fall into both categories of fiction or non-fiction. A poem can be on an imagined topic or on real objects and happenings such as nature or daily life. Poetry is usually known as non-fiction.
Each category has at least 100 subcategories.