A Fiction Readers Tips on WritingFiction

Although there is no shortage of advice for aspiring writers, I couldnt find one that was written by an avid reader of fiction. So thought to offer some suggestions on what makes a story good at least for me.

1. Dont sacrifice the story to grammar. Readers may not even notice a lot of grammar and style issues that would cause Strunk to pop a vein. For the most part, you’re probably OK if a passage sounds good when read out loud. This is not to say poor grammar wont be noticed. It is only to suggest that if your are going to obsess over something, obsess over the story.

2. Dont start at the beginning and end at the end. Use a story flow that engages your readers.

3. Sweat the details. Murderers, spies, cowboys, and temptresses all get hungry, run out of clean socks, or might volunteer at the local pet shelter. Not every detail about a character has to be tied directly to the plot. Well developed characters encourage the reader to want to know more. They could even compensate for some flaws and weaknesses in the plot.

4. Try to imagine your story as a movie. This will let you animate the characters, listen in on their conversations, and watch their actions. Doing so can help discover a lot of plot discontinuity or Point Of View glitches.

5. Dont use $20 words when $5 ones would do. The storys vocabulary should support the characters, the flow of the story, and be reasonably accessible to your readers. The latter will likely become increasingly important as the generation that’s now growing up with Facebook and Twitter become readers. It is likely that these readers will value word efficiency over other attributes such as precision. So dont send them to the dictionary too often. LOL!

Of course it goes without saying that all this is one readers opinion.

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