Nonfiction Misconception #1 – It’s boring

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Misconception #1: Nonfiction is Boring

I’ll admit it: I had a hard time even putting those words together. Nonfiction, boring?? As most writers know, our fingertips can sometimes get ahead of us – typing words on screens that surprise us, …

Filed Under: Wish. Write. Inspire. by rachellesparks February 6, 2014, 12:18 am

Misconception #1: Nonfiction is Boring

I’ll admit it: I had a hard time even putting those words together. Nonfiction, boring?? As most writers know, our fingertips can sometimes get ahead of us – typing words on screens that surprise us, as if they weren’t even our own. My fingers nearly typed the word NOT in between “nonfiction is” and “boring.” It is anything BUT boring.

The way I see it, we each live one life. Our own life. We have one set of eyes, one brain for interpreting our world, one inner-voice that helps to make sense of it all, one memory bank, one set of experiences, one knowledge base.

In recent years, through nonfiction books, I have experienced the life of a geisha, an abused child, a drug addict, a schizophrenic, and a homeless teenager, to name a few. Not to say that all nonfiction is dark and tragic. I’ve also experienced the life of a famous chef, a world traveler, a famous musician, and a yogi. Just as an author’s imagination has the ability to create absolutely anything in a work of fiction, life can do the same.

Real life, that is; real thoughts from real people that we may not have otherwise even considered (those thoughts can open our eyes and our minds and change our perspectives); real experiences that hold the power to mold our own definition of the way things are; real situations that shape themselves around our own.

The mere fact that knowing we’re reading something true can play games with our heads without us even realizing it. It gets our minds drifting unwillingly to other places in time. And yes, nonfiction isn’t always the fast-paced, power-punch, fairytale-ending kind of stories you often find in fiction. But it is true, and raw, and honest, and provides open doors to other ways of life. That, in my opinion, is anything but boring.

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