I think I can speak for most, though maybe not all, writers when I say that, regardless of what kind of writing one does, one has dabbled in fiction writing. Personally, I have done more than dabble. I spent a large portion of my time writing fiction, which might account for my lack of article writing.
Because of this and in light of the fact that I’m struggling with my current story, I began organizing the pros and cons of writing fiction.
The Pros of Fiction Writing
The freedom to do what you like with your style, your characters, your world, your story – every single aspect of writing – is one of the best parts of writing fiction. You can truly do whatever you wish when you are writing in the fantasy and not the reality.
There are no word requirements, page requirements, information or source requirements, etc. You can write as few or as many words as you would like on whatever topic you would like to write on without fear of punishment or failure – or not getting paid.
Creating Your Own World
The real world isn’t so bad, but sometimes it is just fun to shape the world how you want it to be. It’s the freedom to use your imagination to play God, which is a lot better than trying to actually play God.
Creating Your Own Characters
This is the same concept except this time you get to create your own people to fill your own world.
This is one of the best things as well in my mind: I can write whenever I want for as long or as short as I would like and don’t have to meet any deadlines.
The Cons of Fiction Writing
Sometimes it helps to have direction. Generally you have none while writing fiction, which can lead to…
Need I say any more? We have all suffered from it even while writing non-fiction. It strikes without warning and is terribly hard to cure. This is by and far the worst con to writing anything.
Fear That Your Story Isn’t [insert adjective] Enough
Everyone is self-conscious. Everyone has fears. And if you are a writer, then you understand the fear and anxiety while you are writing or the moment before you tell someone you are writing such-and-such or allow them to read such-and-such. You always fear that it isn’t good enough or creative enough or interesting enough.
That being said, let me move on and wrap this up with my experiences.
Writing Fiction and My Experiences
I have been writing fiction longer than I can remember. I wasn’t conscious of it, of course, until I grew a bit older, but by the time I was fourteen or fifteen, I knew that I wanted to write for life.
I wrote fiction for five years consistently and dabbled in everything from poetry and short stories to co-writing a story with other people. I still try and write fiction, though I don’t write it everyday as I once did. (Life gets in the way.)
I knew of freelance writing, though I aspired to write fiction still. After research, I deemed fiction writing would not pay off the way freelance non-fiction would if fiction would pay off at all, and I began spending time freelancing, pushing fiction away for the time being.
I just recently got back into writing fiction more frequently, and I love it. I have greatly missed it. The pros completely outweigh the cons that come with writing, and I would never give it up for the world.