So, here I am again for my bimonthly blog. Boy, the things that can happen in two weeks. Since the last time I blogged here, I finished and delivered several projects (in various stages), my cat passed away, and my dad went to the ER, stayed several days in the hospital, and returned home. (I list my dad’s situation last not because it was the least significant, but simply because it was the last thing to happen.)
And now February has come and gone, and I’m not quite sure what just happened. I feel like I just passed through a gauntlet. It was stressful going through it, but I must say, now that I’ve come out the other end, I kind of feel like a ninja. I thrusted and kicked my way down the line and survived. I mention this because I feel like I can now provide more positive and informative blogs. (Well, that’s my hope.)
Since part of the February deluge involved some nonfiction work, I thought I’d start with that. I noticed that GCLS (the Golden Crown Literary Society, for those of you who are unfamiliar with it) will now be offering workshops/sessions/panels on nonfiction writing, which got me wondering about the demand. I mean, were people asking about it? Are many lesfic writes interested in writing nonfiction? If so, in what form? Memoirs? Biographies? Historical research? Journalistic reporting?
What’s going on out there in the world? Is there a shift happening among lesfic writers that I’m not aware of? I’m very interested in answers to these questions.
My nonfiction writing has nothing to do with the LGBT community, but the principles are the same. But those principles are totally different from fiction principles. And the simplest way to describe the difference between the two forms is simply to say that they’re two completely different animals.
I think it’s a really good thing that the GCLS sessions are expanding into nonfiction. While there are, of course, LGBT-related nonfiction works out there, and some lesfic publishers have recently begun publishing nonfiction where they hadn’t before, I think it’s still a rather untapped market. Maybe some of you reading this now have been thinking of doing some nonfiction work. I’m curious to see what comes out of these sessions and what works begin appearing in the months and years that follow.
Many changes are afoot. It would be nice to keep in step with them.