It was only recently that I realised the genre I'm mostly strongly drawn to, these days and perhaps since always, is creative non-fiction. That is, writing tales of truth and reflection where the plot is formed from memories and the realities of life. I had been writing this way for years - passing off much of it as 'fiction' (for who can know what really happened?), but when I discovered that 'creative non-fiction' was not only a viable but celebrated and, I'm told, an increasingly popular style of writing, I decided to let my pen and soul go where the words made sense, and experiment more with this form.
It seems to be particularly popular in America where magazines like Narrative, Hippocampus and the aptly titled Creative Non-Fiction publish essays, articles, memoir and poetry. Here's a decent definition of creative non-fiction.
In any case, I was delighted to discover that two of my pieces of this form have been accepted by literary magazines - one named Valve Journal based in Glasgow and one named Headland Journal based in Wellington, New Zealand. Both of these journals feature fine works from writers around the world so are worth checking out for words besides mine!
Advice on how to recognise a dragonfly undergoing metamorphosis - featured in Valve IV, available to buy from the Valve Journal website.
A Possible World - featured in Issue 3 of Headland Journal, available to buy on Amazon. This is a memoir piece recollecting my feelings and experiences on the day I returned to school, aged 14, two days after my mother died.