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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. Word Count and Fiction Lengths
Why worry about word count? After you finish writing your fiction project to whatever length it needs to be, you must know its approximate length category to market it.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Communicating With Your Beta Reader
Your working relationship with your beta reader is based on trust. That starts with understanding each otherís expectations and communication style.
6. Do You Care When Trends Corrupt Language?
Language changes all the time because every subculture needs a trendy way to express itself. This leads to linguistic trends that sweep the population, enter the mainstream, and establish themselves as acceptable over time though they break the rules of grammar and use words in unusual new ways.
7. Describe a Character Struggling Back from Defeat
Here is a text writing prompt for you. Describe a character struggling back from defeat. You never know who has the right stuff to overcome adversity.
8. What Does This Couple Want?
Here is a picture writing prompt for you. What is this cute young couple up to? Clearly they are sharing a moment of intense communication over some issue or question.
9. 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.
10. Unsmiling Young Man Photo Writing Prompt
This photo writing prompt features a young man with an unsmiling gaze who should pique your imagination. What kind of person is he? What thoughts are running through his mind? From what action has the photographer just distracted him?
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