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Guest Post: 7 Things That Will Make You a Superb Fiction Writer by Jade Parker

 

A lot of people read books, although it sounds a little strange in the year of 2017. And you would be surprised to know how many writers are there globally. It looks like more than 75 thousand books are uploaded to the Kindle store on a monthly basis.

It’s obviously a harsh competition for young writers out there. But there is still enough room for fresh talents to grab their share in case they prepare for the challenge. All you need to do is to come up with a good idea, create a writing strategy, and work hard to develop it. If you are still wondering how to do all that, just move on with our article.

Top 7 tips for successful fiction writing

The best fiction novelists always create a specific way of writing or come up with a unique style and text structure. However, there are some writing rules common to all novelists. Here are the 7 most important ones.

  • Be creative with the plot

Successful fiction novels are based on great plots. This is the part where your imagination should play the lead role. Give your best to offer readers the most interesting storyline, well-developed characters, and short and simple paragraphs. Of course, it’s usually easier to say than to do this, so you can put some extra efforts into this stage of the writing process. We recommend you two things:

– Engage in online communities. Online platforms and groups dedicated to fiction writing are full of experienced professionals and passionate readers. They can offer you many valuable ideas or put remarks to stories that you thought were perfect.

– Consult with the colleagues or writing services Like https://www.assignmentmasters.co.uk/ The fact that you compete in the same market doesn’t mean that you are not allowed to talk to your colleagues. Most of the writers go through same problems throughout careers and you can often find help during discussions with rivals.

  • Start strong

The best way to keep the readers interested in your book is to start as close to the end as possible. It may sound strange but just think about it for a minute. How many times have you seen a movie starting from what seems to be the final scene and then you can’t wait to see what really happened in the end?

The principle is the same when it comes to fiction writing. Once you get the readers hooked to the story, they won’t be able to let go of the book until they find out about the unfolding. This is the perfect way to make a bunch of passionate readers.

  • End chapters stylishly

It’s true that the previous tip will attract many readers but it is still very important to keep them engaged all the way throughout the book. It means that you should make each chapter a special story with the cliff-hanging end which will resolve in the next section. This model is great to preserve impatient readers who don’t have enough diligence to read the entire book.

In order to achieve this point, you also need a few side stories to support the main line of events. Using subplots, you will add some spice to the novel and attract the wavering booklovers.

  • Happy is not good

Yes, almost all readers love to see the happy ending. But it doesn’t suggest that you should make a whole novel based on joyful and upbeat characters. Do you remember the famous opening line to Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina? He wrote: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

This essentially means that happy is boring. You should design characters that will suffer and face enormous challenges in life. That way, you make a perfect background for the plot and leave the readers wondering about the resolution.

  • Give them someone to root for

If you want to be a great writer, you must know that readers need to relate to your characters. Therefore, you should always create one character that the reader would like to root for. Readers see such character as their alter ego and deep inside they are anxious to see if he/she will succeed.

It even doesn’t have to be the main character. It is much easier to find yourself in some average Joe from the neighborhood than in the superhero. This once again puts an emphasis on side stories and the characters that cover subplots.

  • Avoid clichés

No matter how successful it might have proved in the past, don’t ever use the plot that everybody knows for ages. Sometimes it’s rather difficult to come up with a brand new idea but that’s what fiction writing is all about. If you really can’t create anything better than the common story pattern, try to take another point of view or put some other character on the center stage.

Sometimes even the smallest changes to the cliché make an entirely different outcome. Additionally, you must also do your best to avoid the washed out phrases and expressions. Prove your writing skills through relatively new discourse, even if it means using slang where necessary. Anything is better than cliché.

  • Surprise the readers

The surprise is a crucial element of fiction writing. If your readers know exactly what is about to happen in the next scene, be sure that you are not a good novelist. Put your characters in unexpected situations and find alternative solutions to the crisis.

You can imagine each scene and list the possible outcomes. When you do that, always skip the ideas that instantly come to your mind. The reason is simple – your readers will probably think about the same option, too. Let the readers worry about your characters, it’s the basic principle of great writing.

Conclusion

In the world full of fiction novels, it is not easy to make a good reputation and distinguish yourself from your peers. However, huge competition doesn’t make it mission impossible. You need a decent writing plan, a nice plot, and some tricks to attract the readers. Following our advice here, you’ll be on the right path to achieve all this. So go on and write, we expect to hear about your new novel soon.


AUTHOR BIO
Jade Parker is a branding expert who enjoys reading tons of fiction novels. Needless to say, she became a very strict critic in the process. Despite her extra-curricular work as a personal consultant Jade still has enough time to help writers, companies and entrepreneurs create their online brand presence.

 

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A Cure For Writer’s Block…Seriously!!!!

I’ve been having troubles with writing lately While my issues have nothing to do with writer’s block, I still try to find different methods of overcoming it. You never know what might work to help overcome brain fog as well…and I think I may have found something.

I was searching on YouTube (I’m a bit of a YouTube addict) and I saw this video called, Writer’s Block Instant Cure. I thought, yeah right. It’s probably going to be another one of those nice pep talks that try to convince you writer’s block doesn’t exist and it’s all in your head.

Well, this is kinda like that and kinda not. It redefines writer’s block so you can better understand what’s happening and how you can truly overcome it, so I wanted to share it with my fellow authors out there. If it helps you out, let me know in the comments below!

 

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#ISWG – One Step Forward, Two Steps Back (But It’s All Good)!

 

I missed last months post, and nearly missed this month as well, thanks to the flu. It’s that time of year here in Australia, and I get sick so easily at the best of times. Of course, I scheduled to get the flu shot the day before I got sick, but thankfully by the time I went in my fever had broken, so I was able to get it. I seriously hope I can avoid getting that sick again. I end of falling so far behind.

I still haven’t finished writing Episode 20 of my Shadow Stalker serial and Episode 21 is due out tomorrow… guess what’s not happening?

At least I’ve been writing little bits at a time though, and Episode 20 is nearly done. I’ll just release stuff as I finish it until I’m all caught up. Thankfully, I have a great group of readers who seem to be very supportive when I get sick like this. Happens to us all, I suppose.

Writing for me is always slow between March and August, so I think in the future I need to plan for that…and that’s what I wanted to talk about today.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the stress and anxiety of keeping up with a schedule, especially when you have a chronic illness. For those who don’t know, I have Hashimoto’s Disease, which is an autoimmune disease which affects the thyroid. I’m one of the lucky ones who doesn’t respond well to the treatment, so most days I feel like I haven’t slept for days, my brain almost always feels like mush, and I won’t even get started on the pain.

I used to get very stressed out and feel like a failure when I couldn’t keep up with writing schedules like other authors, but it was very counterproductive. So I started talking about my illness and my setbacks with others, and it was the best thing I could have done. People are quite supportive, which gave me the push I needed to keep going.

It’s important to recognize your limitations and work with them, rather than trying to force yourself to keep up with everyone else. Instead of worrying whether or not I’m keeping up with my schedule, I rearrange my schedule when I need to, and instead I focus on following a routine. Even when I’m not well, I try to write a little every day. I’ve had days where all I could manage was a few sentences, but every little bit brings me closer to finishing my project.

Some days I can’t write at all, but that’s okay too. I use those days to catch up on other things like emails and promotional stuff. If I can’t get out of bed, I’ll even work from my phone (thank goodness for smartphones, right?). Eventually, I always catch up. It helps that I schedule time off from writing during my daughter’s school holidays, so I can use that time for catching up.

Do you have trouble sticking to a schedule? Do you have an illness or injury that makes it seem impossible? What do you do to keep going? I’d love to hear your story.

Check out some other great #IWSG posts by other great authors!

 

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