The Legends I Have Met
A Behind the Scenes Look at What Makes a Legend
Writing a book is work, hard work at times. So why do it? Well, no one said that work can’t be enjoyable and I enjoy writing. In some respects, writing fiction is easier because you can just make stuff up, which is great for people who drink a lot or use mind-bending drugs. Fortunately, or unfortunately as the case may be, I don’t imbibe to excess with the former and have never partaken of the latter so I am left with an unimpaired yet fertile imagination that occasionally lets me down by being very infertile. Such is the difficulty with fiction: The occasional inability to create something from nothing and then having to toil laboriously to make it sound coherent and interesting. But, I write fiction because I enjoy letting my mind wander and putting those thoughts down on paper, fictitious thoughts that no one can say are incorrect. I enjoy the vacation from reality.
Nonfiction, on the other hand, is easier on the creative engine in terms of developing the material. Sure, you still have to make the book interesting and entertaining, no doubt about that, or people may read the phone book instead, a literary tome that arrives free of charge. But with nonfiction, at least the track is already in place, the basic content available if you know where to get it. In fact, what I enjoy most about writing nonfiction is the process of gathering material. It provides me the opportunity to meet some of the best ...