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Old 07-15-2014, 06:35 PM
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Default Do you prefer writing articles or fiction?

If you could make the same amount for your work, would you prefer to write articles or fiction?

(I'm just curious. Most people in this forum write articles, so I wanted to ask. )
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:14 AM
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Fiction. I hope by next year I can eliminate articles altogether.
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:54 AM
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Fiction by a mile. Articles have strictly been a financial necessity.
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:45 PM
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I'd love to write fiction if I had the stories knocking about my head ... but I don't. And it's far too speculative for my tastes. So I stick to the sure thing.
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Old 07-17-2014, 08:07 AM
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I really prefer writing non-fiction. Writing fiction stresses me out; you have to make sure to tie all of the loose ends together and for some reason, I feel like I can't do that well.
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Old 07-17-2014, 11:29 AM
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I have notebooks, USB drives, and legal pads filled with stories from over the years, but I really prefer non-fiction. It's funny because I started a book a few years ago that I let a few friends read, got good feedback, and then just ran out of steam. Some of my friends still ask what happened to it and if I ever wrote any more. Even though I always thought I would write fiction, it's just too dang hard for me! I can sit down and write 5,000 to 10,000 words, but then I just run out of ideas/steam and stop. It's a lot easier to sit down and write a few short articles for me.
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Old 07-19-2014, 12:54 PM
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I'd love the change to writing fiction. I've been reading a lot about self-publishing and know quite a few writers making a living from fiction. However, I've written non-fiction articles, blog posts, and other content for so long that I don't know if I have what it takes to write fiction!
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Old 07-20-2014, 10:01 AM
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Fiction - I have finished a few stories, but you need to have a couple on the back burner and write fast if you want to be successful. I have a good friend making VERY good money self-publishing. Keys - an active platform, a professional editorial team (in other words, don't just get your friends to proof-read it for you), and a really really good publicist. My friend has gradually acquired all of those, and she is doing well financially.


A major publishing house just offered her a contract and she accepted it, but she will make considerably less money for this new book than she was making while self-publishing where she had more control over everything.
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Old 07-20-2014, 01:00 PM
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I'll stick with web content. I like fiction, but I write better non-fiction with a creative flair.
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:49 AM
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I love all of the replies.

I have mostly written non-fiction, but I hope to write more fiction as time goes on.
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