Fiction Writing is one of the sweetest, fascinating and magical genres that can enhance a person. To develop a well-written fiction story, with a firmly structured plot, reasonable events, and building up deep characters through the rising action; you need to keep few things in mind. This blog will give you the quick tips needed so that you can jumpstart a fiction draft.
In order to have a clear understanding of fiction writing, we’ll need to go through the fundamentals of any story.
The Plot of a Fiction
A plot is a sequence of a story. It attaches the reader to the characters and sequentially prepares them to reach a resolution.
- Exposition is the introduction where the reader gets to know the characters, setting, and sometimes the conflict.
- Complication/Rising Action is when the events get to heat up, and conflict begins to occur.
- The climax is the threshold point in the story where characters try to fix the conflict.
- Resolution is when the tempo gets a bit slower until the story comes to an end.
The Plot is your wide umbrella, it’s plot is the force that pulls readers and pushes them forward to finish reading.
You have to be careful with the acts, emotions, and capability of your characters. Building up events with characters that you bring to life within the pages of your book, is a tough challenge. This might seem a bit tricky, but you have to be careful with how and when and by whom your character will die. This is just the start! If your characters are in Rome, you’d better conduct extensive research on Rome’s culture, to avoid any senseless acts that your characters can do. If you’re not willing to build depth through the scenes and establish an emotional relationship with your audience, then you’re probably preparing your book for a passive response.
It is the dispute that characters face. Conflicts can be Internal or external or both. For instance, when a character is having a tough time making a decision, It’s an internal conflict. On the contrary, when a character is having a dispute with another character or even nature- A sailor in the middle of a storm- It’s an external conflict then. The conflict is a dominant component of any successful fiction. Additionally, it reveals the real potentials and intentions of the characters.
It’s the place where the events of the story occur. Having the ability to create scenery and conveying messages through the areas the characters act, is probably one of the most outstanding elements a writer can use in their fiction. We can see this in “foreshadowing” whenever we visualize the scene of a cloudy weather and a feel the roaring wind; we’ll start thinking about a storm coming. The Setting can also help in symbolism, where the objects in places can remind the characters of various feelings help in defining the plot itself. The setting can add a crucial dimension to the events, characters’ emotions and reactions, and themes. Never underestimate the place where the story happens.
A theme is a perspective. It’s how your fiction is perceived by readers once they finish reading. They merely extract a theme out of your novel. The theme is a sum up of all the symbolism, emotions, and significant events. A theme is not meant to be a method of preaching as many people would think. Maybe for the famous classics themes were evolving around Good vs Evil. However, in many classics, we can take particular scenes and extract multiple themes. The beautiful thing about a theme is that it works complementarily with all the elements of a fiction, where the characters deep conflicts, the setting reflections upon characters, the plot rising accumulate to form an overall philosophical conclusion.
The Point of View (Narration)
Point of View is the “narrative point of view”. It’s how the author tells the story—to be more accurate, who tells the story.
There are two different types of point of views when it comes to storytelling.
Initially, We have the First Person point of view, where a character within the story tells us what’s happening through the pronoun “I”
When the narrator is the main character-Hero- the point of view is first person protagonist.
And when the narrator is a secondary character, the point of view is first person observer.
By extension, The Second Person Point of View is when the narrator refers to one of the characters by “You” where it’s often used to address the reader personally.
Lastly, In the Third Person point of view, the narration is performed by an invisible narrator, using the third person pronouns (he, she, or it) to tell the story.
So you have it now! Tell, us what’s your fiction about!