7 Fiction Writing Tips a New Writer Should Follow

Are you a new writer who try to write a fiction story or two? In this article, we will show you 7 fiction writing tips to use.

1. Identify your genre
Often, novice writers think that featuring a number of genres in their work would create a good impression about their book and would definitely spice up their story, but it is not. If people ask about what your genre is, and you answer will be "a bit romance, slightly comedy with the drama" this would just confuse the readers about what your fiction is all about. Choose an overarching genre to give your work an identity.

2. Create the amazing plot
To create a plot means to outline how your story will go. I suggest that you should develop a plot that will twist the mind but still logical to boost the appeal of your fiction. Try to use literary devices such as flashback and foreshadowing.

3. Start with conflict
People avoid problems, but fiction writers create one. Creating a conflict means that you will have something to write about, and the more interesting the problem is, the more your story become the apple of the readers’ eyes. The best stories start with a problem, and as a fiction writer, you should start thinking about a unique conflict.

4. Decide on a striking theme
The theme is your message, and without it, your fiction might be lost. Remember to always include a theme that touches the affective aside of your readers to keep them reading and think that your work is worth to read.

5. Create real characters
I do not mean that the characters really exist by saying “real characters.” To be a good fiction writer, you should develop a character that thinks and acts what is acceptable to your readers. Often, readers’ interest fade whenever the characters seem to be so impossible for them.

6. Think outside the box
From a thousand of fiction existing in the market, how could you stand out? You can if you try to think outside the box. This includes avoiding clich├ęs like the Romeo and Juliet love story. Your story should be unique, and you can do this by imagination. Continue to imagine possible topics that are based on the reality and transform it into a creative writing.

7. Leave questions
To write a compelling story like a novel, you should keep your readers up by leaving a question after every chapter. This does not mean that you cannot answer the question, but it is the way to make your readers curious and continue to read until they reach the end.

To evaluate whether you achieve what you want your fiction to be, you have to request for you first trusted readers to evaluate it. The evaluation includes both strengths and weaknesses of your write-up. Be open-minded about the negative comments and suggestions of your first readers because they represent the whole audience, and most of the time, their comments are essential in making your work a bestselling one.

- LaPlante, Alice. The making of a story: a Norton guide to creative writing. New York: WW Norton, 2007.

- Hamand, Maggie. Creative writing for dummies. John Wiley & Sons, 2010.

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Last review and update: August 30, 2021
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