9 More Tips on Writing Fiction

Valerie Thomas, Author

It’s been a while (a few months, in fact) since I first wrote about my personal rules for writing fiction. Since then I’ve added to the list, and I thought it might be a good idea to share with all of you. Without any further ado, here they are:

  1. There should be an easily discernable main plot. As a reader, it bothers me when I can’t figure out which of three different conflicts I’m supposed to care about. Especially when they hardly seem connected.
  2. Dialogue moves stories forward. The overwhelming majority of conflicts in fiction are interpersonal, so of course the main way they progress is through interactions between people.
  3. Focus on the story. If a story is good readers will forgive stylistic problems, but if it’s bad the best writing in the world won’t save you. In the end, readers read because they want a story to take them…

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