As we wrap up 2017, we are also wrapping up submissions here at borrowed solace. It’s been a crazy year launching the journal and releasing our very first issue, and it’s crazy to think that we are already closing down submissions for our second issue! We are so pleased with how everything has been going thus far and couldn’t be here without each and every one of you reading this. This round we received so many submissions and had more visitors to borrowedsolace.com than ever. With your help, the journal is truly starting to take off!
Stay tuned for more – our second edition will be coming out in late spring 2018 and then our third (!!) issue will come out in fall 2018. We’re constantly thinking of ways to grow borrowed solace and have lots of ideas in the works.
Thanks for a fantastic year, a great second round of submissions, and, once again, thank you so much for submitting and entrusting us with your words! It’s a big decision, sending your work out into the world, and we so appreciate your thinking of us when doing so. We’re excited for whats to come and are excited to have you along for the ride. Here’s to the New Year!
What Makes Creative Nonfiction Good? The (1/4) Creativity
One of the things that makes nonfiction such a compelling genre is the role that truth and reality play in it. Fiction can be anything you want, but nonfiction must be based on real events, people, or experiences. This may sound like a limitation to most, but it has always been a benefit when correctly used.
As we established, nonfiction is built upon the truth. However, memory is not perfect. There will be details that are forgotten, qualities changed, and conversations manipulated. As much as an author may try, these changes in composition are inevitable. These faults are due to the fluid nature of memory. Whenever we recollect something our brain is constantly changing it as it tries to recall.
When you sit down and start remembering interactions to write about it may be difficult at first. Slowly it will come back, and you will be able to recall the memory entirely. Well, most of it. There will most likely be patches that are vague, or pieces missing. How was the room laid out? What was that person wearing? These holes are perfect areas to utilize the creative part of nonfiction. They allow a little wiggle room for the author to play around and immerse the reader in the experience they had. Though the scene may not be accurate to the reality that occurred, it is accurate to your memory of reality (memoir is the best for this, journalistic pieces are tricky and should be as close to reality as possible).
The next time you have trouble remembering something exactly as it happened, understand that it is an opportunity to explore the creative craft and steep the reader in your experience of reality, rather than a limitation.