What is fiction?
Fiction is a work of a writer created by his or her imagination. It can be based on real-life facts but is not a real factual piece of writing. It is entirely made up by the writer’s imagination. The author creates his own story, his own characters, plot, and theme. Even the setting can be imaginary. The author can choose the setting as anything as he or she wants it to be. When you read fiction, it creates an imaginary world in your mind, compelling you to believe in it. The description of the characters let you imagine and portray them exactly how the author wanted them to be. It may make you see things that you might have never seen before and made you travel places which you might have never even dreamt of. It can let you see fire under the water and witness fishes swimming in the sky. Fiction gives us the courage to dream. In my experience with getting manipulated, by the way, a writer says a reader; I had read a book named “My sister Jodie” written by Jacqueline Wilson. I had read that book when I had just entered my teenage, and I remember that how did that book leave me in tears when I finished reading it. It was not the story of the book, but the author’s ability to provoke emotions in me with her style of writing.
Thus writing is not only about jotting down words on a piece of paper, but it is also about forging emotions in a reader.
How to write fiction?
- Make an outline
Outline what you will write. When you have a story in your mind, you just can’t start writing the actual piece. You need to make a draft first. Outline what you will write a diagram or a table. List down one by one that how will your characters enter your story and what role will they play along with the ride. Note down all the twists and turns that you will be showing ahead in the story. For example, if you are writing a typical love story, you can first write about the protagonist’s life, and later on, one by one you can start showing all the characters that he is surrounded by or who enter into his life. Then you can show a twist that how he falls in love with a girl, and later on what type of hurdles to come in their way. Thus making an outline to keep things in your mind and remembering to include them suitably is an important task.
- Know your characters
Write down your characters one by one and describe their role. If you are listing some qualities and traits of one particular character, then make sure to stick to those characteristics. If by any chance you’re showing a change in their nature, remember to mention them. If one of your characters is an introvert person, show him as a self-inclined person, or someone who socializes less. If your character is an outgoing person, show him as a talkative, or a party animal.
- Choose your narrative
Decide whether you want to write from a first-person narrative, second person narrative or third person narrative. Second person narrative is a rarely preferred style. I prefer, first-person narrative. In my experience, it helps the reader to connect with the plot in a better way. The reader feels what you feel. As I mentioned about the book above, My sister Jodie, it was written from first-person narrative, making it easy for the author to build emotions in the reader.
- Write what you feel, feel what you write
As a writer, you don’t just play with your words. You play with emotions. You have to make your reader feel, what you want them to feel. If you don’t cry then your reader doesn’t cry. If you are portraying a character in pain, try to remember a similar situation from your experience and describe them accurately and accordingly, as for how you had felt in such a similar situation. It makes your writing better.
- Don’t tell, let them visualize
When you want to describe someone’s feelings, don’t just tell them. If a character is sad, you just don’t say it; you show the reader by the character’s actions that he is sad. It is not recommendable to use adjectives. It is better to avoid using them as much as possible. You let the reader visualize the character’s feelings and let them share the same feelings inside themselves.
- Create your setting
Don’t limit yourself to reality, try to write out of the box. Fiction is all about showcasing how imaginative and creative you are, and writing it profoundly, is the art of bringing them to life. Be as creative as you can, and search for inspiration. Create your own setting. It can be in the earth, or it can be in the galaxy. That’s the beauty of fiction; it has no restrictions.
- Decide your plot and theme
Select your plot and theme, as in what will happen after what and where. Know that what your novel is about. Is it a murder mystery, is it a romantic story or is it a political one and so on. Always make sure to stick to the plot and not to get drifted away from the storyline.
- Hatching a story-line in the beginning
Always give a twist or tension, at the beginning of the story. It keeps the reader on a hook and makes him want to read more. If you start the twists and turns at a slower pace or much later, you may lose your readers as they may not find it as exciting to read as you were to write.
- Write and revise
When you are done writing your fiction, always remember that it is just a draft. Revise it again. Make corrections, and add details wherever needed. Cut down unnecessary descriptions and find ways to write the same situations more effectively. Make the right choice of words.
Keeping the above tips in your mind, and you are all set to write your unique piece of fiction.