If you’ve just joined us please read the blog which started this all, about two posts ago. Because you have to wonder if you write fiction it is something like a fabrication or a lie? Is writing about improving or creating something that lasts– which is what fiction does?
I’m a strong believer in fiction as an art and as a form of creativity when writing. It allows me to do more with my own work including that of non-fiction. I am always delighted when I can spend time writing fiction. Sadly for me that time is limited since a larger deadline looms, for my non-fiction book. I need to thanks my editor for her hard work.
For fiction, I’ve talked about fantasy but what about its cousin science-fiction? It has two types hard and soft science-fiction. I would say that research is required for both types. Soft science-fiction deals with sociological issues in a more “fantastic manner” where the future is shown through the sociological present. Hard science fiction deals with technology. One needs to spend a lot of time looking through and studying scientific advances. Asimov is best known for that type of science fiction.
I would say that this fiction needs plenty of study since many of these fans are well read, and will tell the author if they feel that the story/ plot/ character is wrong. They want to think, and to be entertained. They are willing to debate what is good or not. If you doubt my line of thinking, try talking about what is right or wrong with the new Star Trek, to someone who loves Star Trek. Their arguments are always intelligent.
I would also say this about literary fiction, but that is for tomorrow’s post. I’m busy picking one of two literary author to discuss out of the thousands of good ones.