Your Thoughts About Fiction

“It’s hell writing and it’s hell not writing. The only tolerable state is having just written.”― Robert Hass

Hello all,

We’ve had a bang-up year so far, and we owe this to you – our fans. A few months back we did a reader poll asking our followers to let us know what their favorite posts were, what they would like to see more of, and suggestions to make our site better. The overwhelming response leaned heavily toward memoir and writing advice. So, we have listened to our readers and most of our posts are memoir, writing advice, and the weekly “Poetry Break.”

Before I alienate our readers that love poetry and other genres, let me say that although I love memoir (let’s face it, who doesn’t love hearing true life stories about people’s lives?). I also love writing and reading about grammar, and I love our talented contributors that give our readers what they asked for; however, we are missing one huge genre -fiction!

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These are the questions we would like you to answer.

  • What kinds of fiction are your favorites?
  • Would you like to do “image prompts”?
  • Should we create a “Fiction Contest”?

I think, especially as a literary blog, we are missing the boat without some colorful and captivating fiction stories. So, I’m publishing a poll to ask for your thoughts about fiction.

As always, thank you for your readership and loyal following.


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  1. Scott, I enjoy writing and reading fiction and nonfiction. Writing fiction helps develop our craft for creating engaging memoir and/or nonfiction too. Everyone likes to be drawn into a good story. Nonfiction benefits from fiction techniques, such as using a good hook in the first sentence.
    I look forward to hearing about the results of this poll, because–as Terry said–I’m nosy-to-know. 🙂
    Blessings ~ Wendy

    • Wendy,
      You echo my wife’s advice to me early on in my writing career. She is a huge fiction reader – well…a huge reader, period. Of course, she is a librarian (laughing). But her degree is in English lit. She has shown me that a non-reader is a flat writer. Blessings.

  2. Hello two drops family! Same here, non-fiction is my favorite, but historical-fiction, science-fiction I have dabbled in. Time travel is one I really enjoy. Scott, if I recall in some of our conversations,you encouraged me to read more fiction to exercise my writing muscle. I think the poll you put together will be interesting. This should be fun.

  3. My favorite fiction is always historical fiction. I think my love for history is the reasoning…it just makes history come alive to me. However, I am a sucker for a good story whatever the genre. I also have read Peretti, Lewis, and Dekker, plus about a million others in both Christian and secular arenas. I have to be drawn into the story…once I am, I do not stop until I am finished. I’ve been known to read a book a day so I can finish a series in a week. I am a big reader…which is important to my writing. 🙂

  4. I love the idea of a writing contest! I think it would provide not only fun and competition for writers, but ultimately serve to bring in both new readers and writers to Two Drops.
    Although I am new to Flash Fiction (and never written any), I like the idea of it being a feature here.
    I also like the idea of Image Prompts.
    As far as Dystopian Fiction – I think you could all guess I am more a fan of Mayberry 🙂
    And concerning Fan Fiction, I have read conflicting reports as to whether or not it violates copyright laws and I would be concerned that Two Drops could possibly find themselves with a legal issue. I don’t know enough about it to know if that’s a real concern – but my cautious side would want to stay away from it. Peter, do you have any thoughts on this?

    • Hello Terry,
      No worries about the Fan Fiction copyright thing. There are ways to handle that. That said, Fan Fiction is a huge genre among the millennial generation. However, Lori read a fan fiction written by a wonderful author we met while we were in England. The book is titled, The Quiet Solder: Phuong’s Story, by Creina Mansfield. Creina is a wonderful British lady. We had dinner with her, what a joy!

      Phuong was a character in Graham Green’s Novel, The Quiet American. The Quiet American was a highly controversial book about Vietnam. The character Phuong was central in the novel but Green never gave her any real depth. Creina did in her “Fan Fiction” novel.

      I grew to love the idea of Fan Fiction (to a degree) while in college. We’ll see. I wanted to add it to the list.

      • Thanks for calming my anxious thoughts, Scott. I suppose legal concerns arise out of working as a legal secretary for many years! Lol! I’m glad to know that isn’t an issue here.
        Thanks also for explaining more of what Fan Fiction is – I will definitely have to look into it further.
        How lovely that y’all got to have dinner with a fellow writer while in England! Her work sounds intriguing!
        I hope at some point in the near future, we get to hear about your time in England. As Wendy McDonald says, “I’m nosy to know!”

  5. Scott, I would say that today 95% of all my reading is non-fiction. I have of course read a lot of fiction over the years. At one time in my life the only fiction I read was Science Fiction. Then Isaac Asimov introduced sci-fi mystery novels and I then read a lot of mystery novels. When I qualified as a lawyer I was told by accomplished lawyers that the best genre to read are the classic novels because they give you the best command of the English language. Important if you intend to be a lawyer, also a vital skill for writers. I have read many classics over time, but there are many still unread.

    The image prompts created last year were an imaginative way to get people writing. I liked the idea, but could not manage to use the images you used to create a story.

    • I love non-fiction as well; however, it often trains writers to write flat. I had to force myself to find fiction subgenres that I liked. I read several Christian fiction writers like Frank Peretti, C.S. Lewis, and Ted Dekker. Many of the Christian authors I like write crossover fiction.

      I do like the image prompts, and so did our readers. We may do that again.

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