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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. What is Insta-Love?
Insta-love, which is a mocking term for instant love, is a pitfall that happens in romance writing. New authors think, “What could be more romantic than love at first sight?” And they literally write characters that become united on a soul-deep level soon after meeting each other.
2. Write an Accurate Fiction Blurb
Your blurb should avoid major plot spoilers and remain succinct while conveying a tantalizing glimpse of your hero, his world, and his big problem. You must also clarify your story’s genre and overall feel.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Know the Unwritten Rules of Your Genre
In order to write successfully in a certain genre, you must know the unwritten rules – in short, what the readers in that genre want to see. This is overlooked by countless writers who either jump eagerly into a specific genre without researching it first, or knowingly try to break the rules.
8. 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.
9. Man Lost in Thought Photo Prompt
Here is another photo writing prompt for you, which illustrates the power of an ambiguous expression. What is this young man thinking? What emotion is he feeling? You could interpret his story a million different ways to fit several different genres.
10. Where to Find Beta Readers For Your Fiction
A writer needs beta readers. Where do you find them? First, you want to find beta readers within the genre for which you write. Look among readers, writers, and reviewers in your genre.
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