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Understanding the role of action in fiction

Understanding the role of action in fiction will help you write a story that keeps your readers turning pages. Your book doesn’t need to be an adventure story or a thriller to use and need action. All books could use … Continue reading

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Fiction-writing: Using backstory to enhance character and plot.

  Before writing your novel, write or develop a detailed backstory. It’s one of the keys to making your fiction come alive. It will increase the believability of your story because it will enhance your characters and their relationship to … Continue reading

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Fiction writing: Using flashbacks to enhance your novel

Flashback is a valuable tool in fiction writing if used appropriately. First, it’s important to understand the technique of flashback. In essence, flashback is the technique of interjecting a passage about a time period prior to the beginning of the … Continue reading

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Fiction writing: understanding the importance of “show, don’t tell.”

The goal of a fiction writer is to bring a story to life so the reader will live the story rather than being told the story. Showing the story rather than telling the story makes all the difference. For example, … Continue reading

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Fiction genres

Before you begin writing fiction, you should determine which genre best fits your story idea. The quickest way to determine this is to check the upper, left-hand corner of the back cover of one of your favorite books that is … Continue reading

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The role of theme in fiction

We often think of the theme of a piece of fiction as a statement of the story idea. That’s not necessarily what we’re looking at here. Developing a theme or themes when writing fiction is not the same as developing … Continue reading

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Fiction Alive!

If it’s Monday, the category on Before You Write is writing fiction. The topic is Show vs. Tell.  New fiction writers who understand and employ the fiction technique of show vs. tell get the attention in contests or when they … Continue reading

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