No. I’m not giving up on writing a novel for publication. People have permission to smack me, preferably very hard, if I make such a foolish choice when I obviously love writing and get joy out of it. So, now that I’ve nearly given said hypothetical people a heart attack, we’ll get on with what I really mean.
Writers tend to love what they do and I’m no different in that way than other writers, but I’ve been writing non-fiction essay and essay compilations dealing with fan-fiction in the fandoms I’m part of for a few months. And in that time I have discovered that I love writing those essays. I’ve also been overwhelmed in other aspects of my writing, though I’ve thankfully helped that by going back to drafting initial drafts by. At the same time, I’ve recently gotten an order of books in and one of them is The Woman Who Would Be King by Kara Cooney and I’m loving that as well.
This lead to an interesting sets of thoughts the other day, which went something the like this:
Me: I love this.
Muse: Doesn’t it make you want to write a non-fiction book of your own?
Me: *looks at muse like she’s insane* Maybe if I ever make my other dream of being an anthropologist a reality. I could probably use my doctoral thesis in that instance. But no, it doesn’t really make me want to branch out into this type of stuff when it isn’t fan-fiction related in some way.
Muse: But I want you to write a publishable non-fiction book now! *pouts*
Me: Um…. I could write something like that, but fictional. You liked when I was looking up treatises just now, didn’t you? It wouldn’t be something I’d write with an eye towards looking to publish right now though, just for fun. Maybe I’ll see about looking at trade publishing for it in a few years.
Muse: *pouts more* I guess I did. It was very interesting and I still like your other fictional non-fiction idea, that fantasyland guide with the orc-like creature.
Me: Yeah, that one has me stumped. I need to fix my format and do other stuff before diving back into that half-finished project. I could write something else though. Expand that short I never finished into a fictional memoir-like story?
Muse: Write a treatise on vampires! You can write about their origin, their history and the role they played in human history, sexuality. Lots of interesting things to write about in a book about vampires, especially if you make the “author” a vampire.
Me: *stares* You know? I actually like that idea. I think I’ll do that. *goes off to format the document like a non-fiction book*
And so it happens that I’m writing a treatise on vampires, set in a fictional version of our own world. I’m really looking forward to it, too. The muse had to do some convincing, but I’m glad she managed it. I needed a tertiary project that I would find fun and just that, while having it not be related to fan-fiction at the same time. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy my more fan-fiction tied in non-fiction works, I do enjoy them. But I, as I said earlier and hope you inferred from the little convo with my muse, wanted to bring that enjoyment of non-fiction into my original work in some way. To expand the ways in which I can enjoy it.
This of course, means that I don’t really plan to document the project in any huge way. But it will come up from time to time on the blog, so be on the look out for that.