Tuesday, January 12, 2010

journalism vs non-fiction

Melbourne writing journal, Meanjin has a blog, Spike, and they have an article up today on the intersection of journalism and non-fiction.

It's really interesting. It's something I've thought about a lot - wondering whether news reporting hinders or helps your creative writing. I think I've decided they have very different purposes, and use different parts of your brain, and so are enjoyable for different reasons. I think writing too much news might kill the creative spark, but it also helps develop concision, a feel for words, sentences, and stories.

Spike also had another good article yesterday revealing J.D Salinger's reluctance to see Catcher in the Rye turned into a film.

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