Tag Archives: non-fiction

Is Writing An Art?

Pencilsby Catherine L. Tully

Here’s a question for you–is writing an art?

My take? Sometimes. At least–I think so. OK. I’m not really sure.

For example…I think poetry is an art, as well as writing a novel, short story, or other type of fiction. The creative process there can’t be denied. But non-fiction? Is that an art too?

Hmmm. I see no clear-cut answer to that question. Do you? Writing non-fiction definitely demands creativity (most of the time, anyway), but I see it more like putting together a puzzle than painting a picture. Articles (and non-fiction books) have structure, should be logical or practical (or both) and the goal is usually to communicate something to the reader that is based in fact.

Still…I do feel that artistic surge when I craft a travel piece, or try to describe a fabulous restaurant so that the reader really gets the picture.

So what does that mean, exactly?

I guess for me, the jury is still out on that question. I’m not entirely sure where to place the type of writing I do on the spectrum. What do you think?

Barnes & Noble: Top Ten Books

by Catherine L. Tully


I was loving this resource and thought I’d share–especially since most writers are readers…

Barnes & Noble has this great section on their website where they update the top ten books (for a number of categories) each and every day. Seriously!

Categories include both fiction and non-fiction. This is a great site for deciding what you would like to read next–or for research purposes. Hope you like…

What Kind Of A Writer Are You?

psam2by Catherine L. Tully

What kind of a writer are you? Most people who enter the freelance writing field have no idea when they begin what type of writer they will be. Some go in thinking they are going to pen the world’s best novel, only to find they have an aptitude for writing children’s books. Others start out hoping to write for something like Newsweek and find they are better suited to writing a blog about a subject that they love.

What about you?

If you aren’t sure, the only way to tell is to stretch a bit. Go out of your comfort zone and try some new things. Are you always pitching health and fitness articles? Try an essay or a short filler here and there as well. Or perhaps you are a fiction writer? Why not take a chance on a non-fiction piece too?

The only way to find your way is to experiment and see what feels right. So go ahead and take a chance on something new. You’ll be glad you did.