Write fiction in English

I have several points on my 101-in-1001 list that have to do with writing. I am now accustomed to writing articles in English, and since I have spent a lot of time writing non-fiction, I do not feel that it constitutes a problem. However, writing fiction in English is something completely different, something I have never tried voluntarily before, so including an item on the list that has to do with trying to write fiction in English, seemed like a good idea.

Rather than writing something truly independent, I decided to create a piece of fiction based on a role-playing campaign I am currently involved with. I wrote three parts from my character’s point of view and they have recently been published on this website under the title Thistle among Roses:

Part I: Omega Alpha
Part II: Dead in a City that Sleeps
Part III: Death and Deliverance

Three parts seemed sufficient for two reasons. Firstly, I have used a theme (dream/nightmare) that I will also use for my novel project (in Swedish) and after part three, the story of the campaign begins to diverge too much from what I have in mind, and thus my motivation to write drops. Secondly, I feel that three parts (roughly seven pages of running text) is enough to say that I have tried writing fiction in English.

So what are my impression after the experiment? Well, it is certainly not up to me to assess the quality of the prose, but I feel fairly comfortable and with more practice, I might perhaps be able to produce fiction that is actually worth reading in its own right, as opposed to being part of something else. However, Swedish is my native tongue and even if I would like it to be otherwise, there is a huge difference in my level of mastery between the two languages. Also, writing a given sentence in English probably takes at least twice the amount of time, compared to writing a sentence of commensurate quality in Swedish.

So, is this my last foray into writing fiction in English? Probably not, but at least for now, I have given up any notion  I might have had writing somewhat more ambitious fiction in English. I might review this decision later, because I really do enjoy the English language and intend to continue develop my abilities. However, at the moment I fell that the importance of writing fiction in itself, surpasses my striving to learn more English, so I will stick to Swedish for future fiction, while continuing to write articles here in English.

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