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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.

Is subtext like someone saying that they're fine, but then looking like death put in the microwave?
Angelwoo Angelwoo May 30
Easiest is to convey how the character feels. Hardest is how to relay action scenes :'(
I use all the elements of fiction writing. The hardest ones for me to use is dialogue and plot and symbolism.
I prefer 1st person POV and usually put more emphasize on plot and dialogue.
Angelwoo Angelwoo May 30
If I shifted from 3rd POV to 1st, I think my readers will know more about the protagonist. :)
NebbiaPaffy NebbiaPaffy May 16
I don't really like open-ended questions.
                              They almost sound fake, predictable, obvious.
                              But that's justy my opinion, I'm pretty sure a lot of people like them.