Category Archives: Nonfiction

The Grass Is Always Greener in the Other Genre

grass is greenerI write both fiction and non-fiction, and I love both. I really do.

Fiction is my dream world. It’s creative and imaginative and free. It’s like my brain unleashed.

Non-fiction is very rewarding. I love taking my knowledge and expertise in certain areas and sharing it with people in the written form.  I enjoy knowing that people will find my books and articles and solve a problem in their lives as they read them.

My only problem is that when I’m writing fiction, I miss non-fiction, and when I’m writing non-fiction, I start itching for the creativity of fiction. Yes, the grass is always greener in the other genre.

That’s why I jump back and forth.  If I need a shot of creativity while I’m in the middle of a non-fiction project, I’ll write a short story or a poem to help satisfy that itch until I can work on a larger fiction project. If I’m in the middle of a fiction project, I’ll put together an informative article or a blog post to carry me through until my fiction project is finished. This way, I get the best of both worlds – creativity and helping people.

I know I’m fortunate. I have friends who only write non-fiction and others who only write fiction. I get to enjoy both!

Does anyone else notice that the grass is always greener in the other genre?

Writing with My Son

Danny January 2015I’m working on a collaborative project with my youngest son.  He is eleven.  I started this project on my own, but then I needed his help with a few things, and that escalated into him doing a bunch of writing with me.

The project is A Parent’s Quick Guide to Learning Through Video Games. I’m writing most of the main guide, but we’re also developing about 15 video game learning guides to accompany the book.  Most will be sold separately, but the Quick Guide to Learning Through Minecraft will be sold with the main book. Danny is doing a lot of the writing on the individual game guides, and he’s doing a great job so far!

Writing with my son has turned out to be a grand adventure! I can’t wait to share the results.