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Here are the top ten articles for the Fiction Writing Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Beware the Mary Sue Character
The Mary Sue character reads like a too-perfect version of the author. With no faults, she has no depth or complexity, and therefore no story worth caring about. She drags down the strongest plot, but if you know her characteristics, you can transform her into someone real on the rewrite.
2. The Near-Death Experience of the Classic Western
There are three types of story in the western fiction genre. They are Classic, New, and Modern. Here is the near-death experience of the Classic Western at the hands of the Big Five Publishers of New York City, and its miraculous recovery.
3. What is a Techno Thriller
The techno thriller genre contains action-oriented books that explore in great detail the use of military technology to solve complex domestic and foreign threats within in a suspenseful plot. If you want to write in this genre, remember that realism and technical accuracy are a must.
4. Unforgiven as a New Western
Looking at movies might help clarify the difference between a Classic Western and a New Western. Open Range, which expresses heroism and optimism, is a Classic Western. Unforgiven, which exudes cynicism and pessimism, is a New Western. This article discusses Unforgiven with plot spoilers.
5. Good Luck Changing That Author Bio
When you write your author bio for the first time just before your book gets published, you might be so overwhelmed with excitement or exhaustion that you dash off a paragraph without giving it sufficient thought. But you may regret this later when your bio proves hard to change.
6. Different Sample Blurbs for Star Wars
Your blurb should introduce the hero, his world, and his big problem without revealing major plot points. Use word choice and writing style to convey the story's genre and overall feel. Here are five examples of blurbs for Star Wars written as a space opera, a comedy, a romance, and a thriller.
7. House of Sleds Writing Prompt
It isn't just people photos that can suggest a story. Often a landscape can suggest a mood or tug at a writer's childhood memories. Look at this house of sleds and see what you think.
8. Why Are These Women Arguing?
What do you see in this photo? Two women, right? One younger and one older. But obviously they are feeling some strong negative emotions.
9. Boy with Bubbles Writing Prompt
Here is a photo writing prompt to get your creative juices flowing. A little boy stands in a grassy area, blowing soap bubbles with a wand. Does he remind you of yourself? What mood does the photograph convey to you?
10. Bald Guy Writing Prompt
Here is an unusual picture writing prompt that has an air of mystery about it. The man has his back to us and not much can be inferred from his appearance. He is almost claustrophobically hemmed in by his surroundings, which seem to be mere texture in the background.
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