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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 a Fiction Blurb?
A fiction book blurb is a short document, maybe only about 200 words, that hints at the book’s contents while making the reader curious to read more. Typically, your blurb should introduce your main character and his biggest problem, but not reveal any important plot points.
2. 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.
3. Should Fiction Authors Speak Out on Issues?
As a fiction author, you can write whatever social and political themes you like into your work. But should you step beyond your fiction writing and speak out on the internet or in interviews on social and political issues? The decision is yours, but it carries risk.
4. Antihero in The Devil She Knows
The Devil She Knows by Bill Loehfelm is a fast-paced, absorbing crime thriller, and a lot of fun to read. But more than that, it will teach you how to write a good antihero.
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6. Reference Books Fiction Writers Need
As a fiction writer, you need a few reference books to help smooth your writing into its most accessible finished state. The more polished your writing, the more willing an agent or editor will be work with you. This is because you have just made their jobs much easier.
7. Photo Writing Prompts Are Fun
Writing prompts help you to jump-start your imagination and generate ideas. You receive a prompt, such as an intriguing image, and you write down all the fictional scenarios that occur to you. You can do it as a timed exercise or not. The point is to have fun and to let your creativity roam free.
8. DoesTheDogDie.com Needs a Fiction Book Equivalent
The website DoesTheDogDie.com lists movies with succinct information on whether the plot of each requires an animal to be harmed or die. This enables the soft-hearted to avoid such movies. I wish there were an equivalent website for fiction books.
9. Dangling Participle Phrases Annoy the Readers
Dangling participle phrases are the most common grammatical mistake that I see in published fiction nowadays. Because they contain several words, they stick out like blight on the landscape. But now you can learn what a participle phrase is and how to use it correctly.
10. 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.
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