Secrets to Fiction Writing

5 Secrets to Fiction Writing

Learning an overview of what fiction is, is not enough. You’re only seeing the tip of an iceberg but not the bottom. Writing a fiction novel is a never-ending process of learning, so it’s normal to commit mistakes, learn from it, and make use of that learning curve.

Perhaps you’re playing a run-through of events that you could hardly express through words. You may be a disorganized writer and can’t find an effective way to overcome any roadblocks along the way. To take you a little farther with your craft, we reveal to you these tips in fiction writing:

1. Design a structure

A story structure is necessary to whatever genre you’re working on. Organize and designate each element of the story to its corresponding core elements. This includes how you want your story to be conveyed or understood by your readers. You could possibly think of the most extraordinary plot, but as a disorganized author, this will eventually lead you to a poor story structure. It’s important to make this a practice prior to your writing so that everything else should flow smoothly.

2. George Orwell’s six fiction writing rules:

  • Avoid using metaphors, simile, or any similarly figures of speech that you commonly see in print.
  • Avoid long words when there’s a shorter term for it
  • Cut the word possibly
  • Avoid using the passive where you can use the active
    • Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
    • Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

3. Edit your work by reading it aloud

This is fairly rather unusual but it works best. Fiction writing or any category should sound any casual conversation. Rule out unnecessary word accessories that will complicate the entire thought of a sentence or chapter.

Reading a Book

4. Minimize excessive descriptions

We understand the need of showing your readers through describing instead of just solely telling it. Yet over-describing loses your reader off the track, it also ruins the progression and timing. Learn when to stop and practice the skill of writing minimal yet impacting descriptions.

5. Maintain your own pace

If a widely recognized writer finished his book in less than six months, it doesn’t require you to catch up with his pace. Take your time, this is not a race. Though, we may be time-conscious but it’s important to meet the goal rather than wasting, and coping up on something you barely can. Work on your own pace, the fluidity of your work should follow.

Have you fulfilled any of these fiction writing secrets yet? Let us know!

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