“The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself." - Jim Rohn
We're discussing writing online this week, and have covered the art of writing, citizen journalism, and poetry. Today, let's talk about fiction.
As we've mentioned a couple of other times in this series, if you're a writer, you're going to need a place to post your writing online. This can be on your own blog, or on a site for writers, like Author's Den, or Writing.com. These sites are great for peer-review and for providing resources for improving your writing, and getting your writing published. For additional resources for becoming a better fiction writer, see the Fiction Factor.
What kind of fiction does well online? If you can dream it up, there's a market for it. For some ideas, see Exploring the Different Types of Fiction on Dummies.com. There's romance, mystery, adventure, science fiction, and much more. There's also pulp fiction, and also fan fiction, for those hoping to fund their fiction-writing hobby. Why is fiction so popular online? Probably because it's always been popular. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said,
“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
One industry that has received a boost from the web is the self-publishing (sometimes called "vanity publishing") industry. In self-publishing, you're usually responsible for promoting your own work, but this can be done more easily these days through social networking.
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.