Writing Advice

Good Fiction versus Bad Fiction

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We often hear about how some poorly-written book hits the big time and sells millions of copies. How do these writers manage to pull it off?

Well some degree of luck is involved, after all, writing, like any art medium is highly-subjective. Success is usually out of a writer’s control. But we can still do our best to provide the public with well-written stories, and leave its reception to the masses.

Most of the information contained here is common sense. Still, it never hurts to review and make sure you’re on the right track. Let’s begin:

GOOD FICTION:Shows the reader through descriptive measures, and allows them to come to their own conclusion. That’s what writing is, isn’t it? It’s about the reader experience, and a good book will appeal to different people in different ways. Get the most out of your storytelling.

BAD FICTION:Second guesses the reader and explains everything. Instead of writing out the scene, the novice writer will feel the need to explain everything in the scene, taking the reading experience away from the reader. This is one sure way to alienate your readers, and cheating them of an excellent literary experience.

Of course, this advice is also subjective and it doesn’t guarantee a bestseller. Certain books, for whatever reason, defy the ground rules of storytelling and still make it big in the literary marketplace.

But why risk it? If you do write, make it your goal to pen your tale as unobtrusively as possible.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, self-publishing and sales & marketing. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He’ll dance on his hands if you do.

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