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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. Red Ball in Window Writing Prompt
Here is another example of how a landscape photo can be just as effective as a people photo in suggesting a story. Feast your eyes on this bizarre image. What is going on in that upper window? What will happen to the people in the apartment below? You be the judge.
2. Open Range is a Classic Western Film
Still wondering about the difference between the Classic Western fiction genre and the New Western fiction genre? Let me illustrate with movies. Classic Western Open Range is filled with optimism and heroism. New Western Unforgiven exudes cynicism and despair. This article contains plot spoilers.
3. What is a New Western
A New Western shares the same setting and themes as a Classic Western, but is likely to be more introspective, downbeat, anti-heroic, and morally ambiguous.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. What is a Modern Western
To understand what a Modern Western is, you must first realize what it is not. It is not historical. Gone is the setting that forms such a powerful foundation for both the Classic Western and the New Western novels.
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. 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.
9. 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.
10. Man with Phone Writing Prompt
The man in this photo writing prompt looks a bit like a fish out of water. He should spark some creative ideas as to how he, dressed as he is, got to where he is. Talk about a mismatch between snappy attire and bucolic surroundings!
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