f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n: Day 2 of a Taxonomy of Writing – Phylum

f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Day 2 of a Taxonomy of Writing – Phylum

Yesterday I proposed three Kingdoms in the writing sphere: Poetry, Scripts, and Prose. Today we’re going to begin zooming in on Prose. If others of you would like to zoom in on Scripts and Poetry, feel free.

Here’s where we are at:

Prose
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Fiction Non-fiction

As Mark mentioned in a post yesterday there’s also some chatter about “creative nonfiction” as deserving its own categorization. I simply don’t know enough about what “creative nonfiction” is to make an informed decision. Being uninformed, however, has never stopped me before so in my system we’re going to keep this out of the Phylum level. To me, the very name gives it away—it’s a style/form of non-fiction, which means it would show up tomorrow, in our discussion of Class.

Today let’s spend a moment breaking down our Phylum.

Fiction – Writing in which some meaningful portion of characters, events, dialogue, or narrative emerged from the author’s imagination. This is “created” writing.

Non-Fiction – “Transcribed” writing. In other words, this writing is the attempt to communicate something that has already been—a thought, an act, a life—rather than fashion something new.

Those may seem like odd definitions but I think they work. If you have better suggestions, you’re welcome to make them. I gotta go home and help tend to a sick kid.

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Go to Day 3 of Writing Taxonomy.