Writing Great Fiction: An Introduction

Writing Great Fiction: An Introduction

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Wattpad Improve Your Writing By ImproveYourWriting Updated Apr 26

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.

Empress_A Empress_A Nov 02
As a writer who loves twists and stuff, I usually find difficulties organizing my plot. Consistency of a supposed flat character is quite hard to maintain as well. The others could be smoothly managed.
The story, plot, character, conflict 1sth POV, theme and dialouge are the easiest. Charaterization, dialouge, description, subtext, exposition and structure are harder to do.
I typically stray towards using plot, story, tense and point of view. I tend to stay straight to the point and I think that's where my downfall as a writer is.
I don't know but know that I think about it 3rd person might work pretty well
Easiest: Story. Thinking of a part and how to express it in words is easy. Hardest: Description. There can be room for improvement for it. I feel like I might lack something in this section.
Unicornxxx1 Unicornxxx1 Oct 04
3rd person limited is my preferred POV, although 1st person can be easier to write in. Though the idea of using 2nd person always interested me, it would definitely change the way that the story is told...