Creative Nonfiction: A Market Slowly Gaining Popularity

Creative nonfiction is a genre not many have heard of. Unless, of course, they are veterans in the way of publication. It covers quite a few different options, such as personal essays, literary journals, and memoirs. It’s a great choice for those who wish to convey the truth in a fairly creative way, “creative referring to the way the content is presented rather than what the content is, exactly. It has been around for a very long time, but other genres have gained more popularity and therefore their audiences are much larger. That is not to say, however, that it is any less important.
Personal essays are quite easy because you get to choose the topic. There are virtually no rules, as long as what you’re writing about is accurate. Creative nonfiction simply uses the same techniques as fiction and applies them to facts. What makes personal essays fun is just that–they’re personal. You must use your voice to write a compelling piece. Remember to keep it organized and well written, as there are no guidelines when it comes to writing these.
Literary journals often feature things like reviews and interviews. Literary journals often play with objectiveness, as the writers are taking informational pieces and making them a little more personal. This is especially true when it comes to interviews. The writer may focus more on the person being interviewed than what they’re saying. They might capture certain actions the person made or what the setting is and so on. Literary journals give writers a little more creative license.
Memoirs offer a great chance for writers to publish an event that they have deemed important in their lives. They’re part of the more interesting side of creative nonfiction. David Sedaris is a popular author of this genre. The key to writing a good memoir is finding something that invokes a lot of emotion for you. The more emotion, the better the writing. Make it yours. It’s about your life, after all.



One thought on “Creative Nonfiction: A Market Slowly Gaining Popularity

  1. Jasmine Ly February 18, 2015 / 4:14 am

    As a personal essay writer, I’m really pleased to see posts about creative nonfiction on the blog! I think creative nonfiction is an absolutely compelling genre that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It’s just so versatile! You can write about your own experiences or about the experience of others if you know them well enough. You can pull off so many things that I don’t really think you can accomplish in fiction writing. Style and voice can be toyed with much more liberally; and if it’s a memoir or an essay, almost everything you need is within yourself. Fantasy in fiction is fun, but there’s just something about reading a piece that you know is mostly true that really interests me. It’s like a personal invitation into someone’s life, their innermost thoughts and perceptions, their hopes and dreams. Creative nonfiction is wonderful.


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