In our earlier post on the questions to consider while Plotting, we briefly spoke to you about what plotting entails when you are writing a novel. In this five-part series on the structures of plots we bring to you what goes into plotting and why it is an extremely important literary element.
That readers’ attention span is dwindling is no secret. It has been said that an average reader takes less than a minute to abandon a book or a piece of writing. Reason? Not captivating enough. Writing mistakes take on many forms. There are instances of fiction that start off on a very ‘promising’ note and leave the reader feeling cheated at the end of what can sometimes be a long tedious read.
Our guest writer Preeti Milind More, a voracious reader herself, has compiled a list of what she calls Super Bloopers (ahem!) that generally ticks her off when she is reading fiction. So whether you are writing a short story or something longer, avoid these writing mistakes like the dengue
To say it simply, a narrator is somebody who recounts or tells the story. One of the most important choices about your writing style you will make as a writer is the choice of narrator. Before you begin writing you have to tackle the following questions:
How should an author market his/her book at minimum cost? How to use social media (facebook, twitter) to promote books online? These are perhaps the questions foremost on the minds of authors who don’t (yet) have a PR machinery in place. A full media campaign, we know, is rupee-guzzling and a first-time author is often dependent almost entirely on the publisher’s initiatives to market his/her book since the author may not be able to afford a full media campaign to publicize their novel. Most publishing contracts require authors too to do their fair share of offline and online book marketing. So what should authors do?
“You can’t think yourself out of a writing block, you have to write yourself out of a thinking block.”
– John Rogers
In our earlier post we gave you some ideas about what creative activities you can pursue when you want to take a break from writing. If you missed it, here’s the post –> 4 Creative writing tips to make you a better writer.
But what happens when you are unable to write?
No new creative writing ideas. The words seem to be on strike. You read what you’ve written and are completely dissatisfied and suddenly you don’t feel like writing. You know that there is a better way of writing something it just won’t come to you. Or you’ve written a few pages and have no idea what to do next and worse still, you are suddenly B-O-R-E-D with your story and you have this overwhelming urge to abandon it.
What is Flash Fiction?
To put it simply, flash fiction are stories that are extremely brief and small. They are also known as micro fiction, short shorts, post card fiction etc.
We provided you with tips on how to write and develop the plot of a story. We talked about why one of the top questions that you need to stop and answer during each writing session is, “Is Something Happening?”
Let’s look at this question under a slightly different light: If nothing were happening would it be interesting to read? This question is closely related to the topic on hand – conflict.