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These articles originally appeared/will appear in The Writing Shorts Newsletter on the specified date. All articles written by J. R. Nichols unless otherwise indicated.

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11.09.20 Writing For Fun – Fanfiction
11.23.20 Writing For Fun – “What is Creative Non-fiction?”

Writing For Fun – Fanfiction

Writing is
a great way
to take a vacation
via your imagination.
It can even be a great way to vent your frustrations!
But, where does one begin?

Why not start writing for fun!?

What is Fan Fiction?
Fan Fiction (also called fanfiction or fanfic)  is when you take one or more characters from your favorite series and create your own stories for them. You can set these stories in the world they were originally written into, or you can put them into a world of your own creation!

Is Writing Fanfiction Illegal?

Because you do not own the rights to the characters, you cannot sell – or, in many cases, even really publicly publish – your fanfic. However, there are lots of online groups where fanfic is not only welcomed, but sought after and shared privately!  Try Reddit, Facebook, and Wattpad for starters.

Why not try your hand at fanfiction? If you choose to write something, send it to me! I’d love to read it. Happy Writing!

Writing For Fun – Creative Non-Fiction

Writing is
a great way
to take a vacation 
via your imagination.
It can even be a great way to vent your frustrations! 
 But, where does one begin?
Why not try writing for fun?!


What is Creative Non-fiction? 
Creative non-fiction is telling a true story in an imaginative way. For example, instead of just saying, “Well, I had a great Aunt Bessie once, who was so poor she sold her favorite cow to survive,” you might start your tale thusly, “Bessie took the milk pail and cursed the cold frosty morning as she pulled her threadbare shawl closer around her and stepped out of the one-room cabin.”

I like to think of Creative Non-fiction as “enhanced journaling!” Why not try it yourself? Write about something that happened in your family but change the names of the characters, or add extra “hijinks” in to a recap of your last family vacation, just for fun! 

If you choose to write something, send it to me! I’d love to read it. Happy Writing!

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