Writing isn’t just fiction

Keep a diary and one day it will keep you – Mae West 

I’ve talked before about the fact that most of what I do for a living involves writing. You’ve probably worked out that, sadly, that doesn’t mean that I’ve published fiction yet. I write for corporate clients – whether it’s an Annual Report, 20-F, 10-K or a press release – and for other organisations who need to produce newsletters, fact sheets, marketing information. I also edit and proofread other people’s work, both fiction and non-fiction.

I did a quick count up in my head and I’ve written or contributed to hundreds of published pieces of writing and probably edited a similar number. I was quite impressed! And it started me really thinking. I think that a lot of the time writers think that they will only have ‘arrived’, that somehow they have only really become a writer, once they publish a book.

But why think that way? What about those people who are making a living through what they write on their blog? Journalists? Those who contribute to a cause they support by supplying articles for newsletters? Those who write purely for pleasure?

Am I any less of a writer because I produce pieces of non-fiction? They’ve most definitely been published. I’ve earned money from what I’ve written. I’ve had my work read by literally thousands of people. I’m getting a real buzz from thinking about it!

Now, that most definitely doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop writing fiction when I can. I’ve been doing it since I first learnt to read – which very scarily is about 45 years ago now! What it does mean is that I’m going to take more pride in all the other things that I write. I’m also going to seriously explore some of the other non-fiction writing projects that have been percolating at the back of my mind. I have some great ideas for a cookbook, for example.

So, one week in to my blogging challenge, I’m setting myself a new goal. To get that cookbook drafted by Valentine’s Day 2014. I’ll keep you posted on progress.

What are you guys working on at the moment?

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