Your Guide to Creative Fiction: Top 5 Fiction Writing Techniques
How to get started for effective fiction writing
Children and adults alike all love fiction. From science-fiction (Star Trek, Star Wars) to dystopian novels (The Hunger Games, Divergent) to children fantasy books (Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan), we’ve all been astonished by how these authors took us beyond what we are capable of imagining. Their creative style of writing allowed us to see beyond what is in front of us taking us to another realm full of different possibilities.
With its wide acceptance and popularity, we have all dreamed of writing a bestseller fiction book of our own. Why not? All big things start from little dreams anyway. However, to fulfill this dream, you have to start thinking out of the box today. Let your imagination run wild and start applying more creative writing techniques to your work.
How to be a successful author for fiction needs only 5 simple things. You can follow these:
Don’t just create characters, give them life.
More than giving your characters their names and elaborate physical features, you have to give them life. Imagine them in front of you. Breathe life into them by supplying what their favorites are, their fears, passion, and goals. Make them as real as you are. Don’t create random characters; your characters should have purpose.(click to tweet) These character back stories will be the roots to their behavior in your book. You don’t have to write these in full detail in your book. You do, however, need to unfold this information creatively. Insert them slowly as the story develops.
Create a scene, not just a setting.
A setting, as we all know, is where and when events in a particular story take place. You have to provide more than just names of places. You can make it more interesting by creating a scene. This will allow your readers to imagine this whole new world you have made. Make it awful or beautiful by describing scenarios with it.
Don’t just tell, show.
Take your readers to this new dimension by showing it to them. Remember that it is just you who knows about this place for now. When readers take on the journey for the first time, they will need your help as their eyes and ears. Don’t just tell them the flowers are red; show them why it’s red.
Research and read a lot.
Your fictional realm should be sensible; it has to have a real underpinning. Dig some research on folklore, history, or whatever resource you want to be seen in your book. Read more fantasy books and study the authors’ writing styles—how they develop their plots, how they unveil the characters, and how they make sense of this world they created. Being the author who researches and reads a lot will save you the trouble of being laughed at. Believe me. Some made-up world is always funny especially if nobody can make sense of it.
Edit! Edit! Edit!
Remember that less is more and it is necessary for you to remove less helpful words. Reread your manuscript and check for plot inconsistencies. Review your choice of words and use correct grammar.
Follow these tips on writing your first fantasy (or fiction) novel today. Whether you are an author, a creative writer, or an aspiring one, dreaming of writing and publishing a best-selling book is valid. If fiction does not really work for you, you can’t give up on the dream.