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Writing Fiction Tips: A Quality Approach

By Gary R. Hess. Category: Writing

Writing fiction is something many of us have had trouble with at one time or another. The thought of coming up with a story which didn't happen can sometimes result in shock. Of course, sometimes we are required to do so and we have to push through the difficulties.

The best way to approach fiction is the same way you would a non-fiction story. First, you want to brainstorm. You don't have to do this all at once. If you feel you need a break, try doing some daily chores or watch some television, this should help with brainstorming. The ideas will come quickly, so be sure to have pencil and some paper near-by.

Next, choose the idea you think is best and not which is easiest. You should choose a story which will be exciting and thrilling with lots of events.

After you have chosen the idea, begin by creating a mind map. Draw a circle with your idea written in the middle. Write possible major events off to the side and draw a circle around it and connect it to the center. Follow this by doing the same to each major event and write minor events below it. This will give you a good place to start when deciding what plot you should follow throughout your writing.

Then, start creating your characters. Write the main characters of your story with short descriptions of each, then describe their personalities and appearance next to their names. This will later prove to be helpful during the writing process. You don't have to give 'concrete' names, personalities or appearances just yet, but try to give a hint of limitation to each character. When you begin writing, be sure to add in any additional details. This will help you keep track of everything that your character has done or will do, their looks, and their personality.

Now, write the setting of where the story will begin and perhaps where it will end. Again, this gives you a better understanding of what the character can and can not do. You don't want to be too far off course and end up writing a completely different scenerio than what you were expecting.

The last step of the process is writing the story. Now that you have a main idea, and possible outline, you may begin. While you are writing you may change your characters, but don't go too far off place or it may change the entire story. If you come up with an idea of what might happen later, be sure to jot it down.

The best part of writing fiction is not having limitations on what can happen. We are our characters. If we want them to be a cowboy in the Midwest we can. If we want them to be a pro basketball player on hemorrhoids we can. This is what makes writing so great. We create our own world through our words... Isn't it wonderful?