Writing Great Fiction: An Introduction

Writing Great Fiction: An Introduction

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Wattpad Improve Your Writing By ImproveYourWriting Updated Jun 11

Welcome to the Wattpad Writing Great Fiction introduction! You can browse through the
chapters and use them as a reference when needed, or you can treat this like a class in writing fiction. There are assignments you can do, but don't worry, there aren't any due dates. There are lectures, but you don't have to take notes and there are no tests.

But, if you work through it, if you do the assignments and think about how the lessons can apply to your writing, if you really push yourself, we guarantee that your writing will improve. With just a little bit of effort, you will feel more confident and your readers will see it in your work. You'll learn more about how to structure your stories, how to write great sentences that pull readers in and how to write characters that people will relate to and want to follow.

A note on how this book is organized:  

The first eight chapters are devoted to the fundamentals you need to know to be able to craft stories that will draw readers in.  The next seven chapters focus on different ways of planning and crafting your story, and after that we go over a variety of things including style and common story problems.

So, jump in with us!
Explore the craft of writing, work on the homework, try some of our contests and meet other writers who want to push themselves!

We all look forward to reading your work and helping you become the writer you want to be.

-The Ambassadors on the Improve Your Writing team.

This instructional book is primarily written by Bruce Elgin,
Wattpad Ambassador and 2014 Watty Winner. He has his Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing and has taught writing for years. Other experienced writers will help cover a wide range of topics to help give you the best instruction possible.

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iReads20 iReads20 Jul 17
Mostly I find myself focusing on dialogue, tone, structure and plot. I know how my story will end and what leads up to the climax but everything that happens in the middle is where I tend to have the most trouble.
Well... I usually like to present a story with multiple POV's and also Do use subtext and background.. I'm just lacking a hood description and i guess ill have to do more homework on that..
MistyRyu MistyRyu Jul 18
easiest for me is the description, but I'm having a hard time organizing it. I'm also lacking english vocabulary.
Ive been told by my English teacher, my dialogue is extremely strong. But I need to talk more about what is going on and what things look like, as well as, the characters feelings in moments.
Kween_Mora Kween_Mora Sep 23
I think SOTS-D would be impossible to write in third person, but if I were to make the story in second person, it would be like a fanfiction/ x reader, except the reader is given a name, and has to stick with it.
If you get the chance, explain third person omnicent and third person limited. Simple but crucial topics.