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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 Apr 26, 2016

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.

mcnuttm mcnuttm Feb 12
I usually use 1st POV or sometimes 3rd POV, but that's rare. If I chose to do 2nd POV, it would be harder for me to get used to writing something as if i were talking to someone. I can only do that if I were writing an exposition, or an argument essay.
Structure and Story are two things I really struggle with, I enjoy writing Description though.
Structure and exposition are the hardest for me, dialogue is pretty easy
Dialogue and Description is the hardest. Battle scenes not bad but emotion kinda spiral. Mostly for writer description is something easy but for me different. I want to describe to the reader about the story more intense.
mcnuttm mcnuttm Feb 12
The easiest for me is dialogue, characterization, conflict and POV. The harder ones are symbolism, theme, exposition and subtext.
So_Jaded15 So_Jaded15 Jan 12
Description is easiest. And battle scenes/scenes with really intense emotions. 
                              Dialogue is really hard for me, it always comes out sounding formal and kind of weird.