Tips for Fiction Writers


Plot: Are you “plot challenged”?  This page offers advice on how to make your story more compelling.

Characterization:  Hints on how to create believable and interesting characters.

Style and Language:  Many aspiring writing neglect the art of language in their fiction.  The result is a bland, ordinary narrative that might fail to keep the reader’s attention.

Dialogue:  A convincing story depends on convincing dialogue. 

Thematic Development:  What is theme?  What are the writing tools that best develop it?

Beginner’s Mistakes: Does your manuscript immediately mark you as an amateur?  Did you write yourself into a corner?  This page touches upon some of the mistakes commonly made by aspiring writers.

How to get published:  Although there’s no sure-fire way to get your work in print, this page offers some practical advice about submitting your work.

Structure:  The structure, or organization, of your short story, essay, or novel will affect the impact of your writing. 

Suggested Reading: Books about writing, writers, and the literary life.

Copyright 2007 by Debbie Lee Wesselmann

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Do you want to be a published writer?  Are you already published but in need of inspiration?  I’ve supplied some tips on the various elements of fiction that might help you take your fiction to the next level.  These hints are hardly exhaustive––entire books are written on each topic––but they should offer writers a glimpse into how they can improve.