Sunday, 22 December 2013

READING ON HOLIDAYS

It's holiday time and Christmas is very much at hand, everyone is in jubilation mood so no matter what the situation is right now, give it a break and get yourself swinging in the festive mood of Christmas. Friends, don't forget to pause once in a while with the genre of novel you love reading to refresh your brain. Happy Christmas and merry new year in advance.

Monday, 16 December 2013

TYPES OF THEMES

There are different types of theme in fiction story writing which writers use to tell their stories to readers. These themes can be broadly placed in distinct categories which I have done below. 1. The need of man; shelter, stability, food etc. 2. Evolving situations or societies; absence for a time from a place and the changes which one meets on getting back. 3. A life of constancy 4. Man versus nature 5. Love & friendship 6. The supernatural 7. The good aspects of life 8. The bad or evils of life 9. Family ties and bonds 10. The conqueror & the heroes 11. Crime 13. Wars & destruction

Thursday, 28 November 2013

THE USE OF TAGS

In dialogue construction, it is not good for a writer to employ the excessive use of dialogue tags. It is not proper because it can render a dialogue useless. It will make it look terrible an unprofessional. When writing dialogues that are good and effective, dialogue tags should be used minimally, especially when the speaker can be identified. When the speaker can be identified, it is better to move on with the conversation. When a writer constantly make use of tags like, 'Hi there,' he cried., 'Fine thank you ma,' she shrilled. 'No, father,' he cried., you'll find the conversation stilted and sounding extremely childish in the speeches made by the characters. But you can make use of, 'He said', 'She said', but do not make it too panoramic for your readers to start wondering what its all about. Do not tell, let your speeches or dialogues and tags draw your readers attention and interest to feel, see, hear and understand the events and what is happening. Make use of the tags sensible.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

WRITING COMPETITIONS

WRITING COMPETITIONS The year is coming to an end and writers who have toiled and worked hard to put down stories of fiction down in writing are out there looking for ways in which their manuscripts can be submitted and accepted by agents and publishers, but I have something better for you. Take a look at the site this post will lead you to and submit your manuscripts for competitions going on right now. Your story may turn out to be a winner and off, you go to stardom. Take the bold step friends and try them out, fame is only available to those who seek them out. Good luck! Don't forget to come back and tell us your beautiful experience.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

THIRD PERSON POINT OF VIEW

The third person point of view is achieved when the narrator uses the pronoun 'he' or 'she' to narrate the story. The narrator is an outsider relaying the story and the various actions. The third person point of view can be third person omniscient or third person limited. THIRD PERSON OMNISCIENT: In third person point of view omniscient,all the character's thoughts, environment, actions, everything about him or her are known and related to the readers. Take an insight at this, Annabel came out of the house, looked about her and noticed the cool, calm, serenity of the walkway. She took a deep breath and said, 'What a peaceful world this is.' She inhaled deeply again and started walking down the cobbled stone case and down the walkway. Obi at the other end of the walkway, standing like a Mable statute stood arms akimbo, watching her taking those dainty steps of hers as she took one step after the other towards his direction. From the above you can see the thoughts and actions of the characters is known by the disclosure of their thoughts and action. THE THIRD PERSON LIMITED: In third person limited, only one character's perspective in the story is used to relay the story events and actions. For example, 'This old woman has been the sole of this building since the time I came to live in this street.' You can see that the relaying of the event is from the a character's perspective.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

THE SECOND PERSON POINT OF VIEW

In the second person point of view is a narrative mood which is rarely used except by writers that are very good in it. The use of You, your and yours are employed in the narration.The writer hooks the reader withe the use of You as if they are conversing. For example, 'You have the power to make trees move.' The use of You, your and yours are used in speeches, sports reports and such writings. Contributions are welcomed.

FIRST PERSON POINT OF VIEW

The first person point of view explained simply is a point of view from which the narrator tells his or her story for readers to see, hear and feel the roles of the characters in a story. 'I' or 'We', 'Me-my-mine' are used to narrate the story. The narrator may not be a major character in the story but an observer and it is from his/her perspective that readers get to know what is taking place in the events and story. It is left for the reader to decipher the truth in the story he/she is narrating. I hope a touched a little of what you are looking for. Additions are welcomed.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

ANA CONVENTION IN PROGRESS

The Association of Nigerian Authors convention taking place in Akure the capital city of Ondo state in Nigeria, is in progress almost coming to an end. Today there will be a general meeting with the ANA president before the night gala party later in the evening. Writers are meeting old friends and making new friends. From such gatherings writers meet agents and publishers that can sign them on. Wishing everyone a wonderful time.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

HOW TO END A FICTION STORY

The ending of a fiction story is what gives the readers the satisfaction of what became of the characters in the story. The characters in the story should be compensated according to the actions he/she had played in the story. The characters that had played a bad role should be justly given an ending that befits that role and a good character should be made to reap the seed he had sown. It would be bad to apportion a reward that is beneficial to a bad character unless the character repents and starts doing good. Try to be considerate in delivering your endings.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

WRITING THE MIDDLE OF A FICTION STORY

Writing the middle of a fiction story deserves a deep thought and concentration to get it in the right direction. Some writers tend to keep the story from beginning to the end in a run on nature but it shouldn't be that way. Every writer needs to move on with a greater improvement of their writing skills. I have on looking back from when I first published my fiction story seen that there are better ways I would have written that particular story, it's always like that with writers and artists. Right now the middle of a story is very important to avoid a saggy middle. Write the beginning of the middle, the way you'll write the beginning of the beginning and then follow it with a driving force down to the end of the middle because that is the critical and crucial part of the story. If the middle sags, the interest of the reader wanes and when boredom comes in, the reader will drop the book and shy away from books from such a writer. Any contributions?

Sunday, 3 November 2013

HOW TO WRITE THE BEGINNING OF A STORY

Hi friends, I'm back again to start off with the writing of a fiction story once again. How do writers begin the story they want to write? Do they start with once upon a time like olden days writers used to do or how? Getting a story started in the beginning is the aromatic stew that readers perceive and are drawn into wanting to have a nice taste of reading the novel you have written. So, what do you do at the beginning of a story? Good, dive right into the middle of the story if you can and gingerly stir the story towards the rest of the events. Starting a story with weather conditions in a rigmarole distance a reader from the novel. Write as if the incident is happening live and capture your audience.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

NIGERIAN WRITERS CONVENTION

What a happy news, Nigerian writers all over the world would be having an annual convention at Akure in Nigeria to share their thoughts, ideas, inspirations and the way forward on the 8th of November 2013. Every writer is expected to be there you know. Tell you what? The governor of one of Nigeria's most hospitable states Ondo is hosting us for the second time within a short period of three years. Cheri o! Mimiko is a wonderful man, one of the best persons made a governor in Nigeria. Yes I have to say it, of all the governors in the country he is the only one that has real honour and regard for writers in his country. It was wonderful while we were with him three years ago at Akure. He made all the writers comfortable in his state by providing us with wonderful entertainments of the Yoruba culture- portraying the Gods of thunder and rock, that is Songo and Ogun and a lot of cultural music from the states renown university, Adekunle Ajasin university. The students from the cultural department were a class worthy to be recognized world wide and I'm using this medium to thank the students who performed and the honourable governor immensely. He went out of his way to lead us on an excursion and provided us with daily snarks and T-Shirts with writers tags embedded on it and on top of it all, held a gala night in the state house with him on the cue with writers to collect his food. Wonderful! I mean, it was wonderful. He did a lot for his state which I saw personally and he promised to do more, which I'm sure we are going to see when we get there again. So, I will be letting you know the good times we are going to be treated to come this convention. I wish you'll be there to enjoy with us, but don't you worry it's strictly for Nigerians writers.

GETTING READY FOR A WRITING CAREER

Hello friends I'm back once again to kick off where we stopped. Yeah, we are off to getting you started in your writing career that you have finally agreed to embark on. What are the things necessary for you to have as a career writer? Get yourself a Laptop or computer of any type you can conveniently use. Get a notebook or jotter and pen. And you are ready to go. I have taken into consideration that you may want to purchase these materials for your work and embedded amazon store widget on the right sidebar of this blog for you easily shop for any item you may need from there. The books for your tutorials and whatever you need can be obtained from that link including free downloads. Just click on what you want under the right category and you are off. Although when you purchase anything from that link,I'll be earning a commission, it will go a long way to helping you achieve your life dreams. Have a nice time.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

WRITING FOR A LIVING

Many people love reading fiction stories, likewise many also love writing them. Whichever group you belong to is okay. But, if you are in the group of those who like to write for a living then you fall into the category of a commercial writer. If you want to go commercial then you have to read up and get yourself well prepared for the new career you are getting yourself into. Because, you have to be well trained in the branch of commercial fiction you are about to go into. You have to spend some money to get good books to see you through and then as you are reading and seeing all the aspects of fiction writing that you need to cover, you'll realize it had been worth the time and money spent. It doesn't have to be a large sum of money, It can be just a few Dollars to buy digital downloads or books on how to write good fiction stories to educate and guide you. Mind you if you get them from the link below you will be letting me in to earning some commission but my friends you'll be by far better off than before you started reading the books. Amazon bookstores will take you to many book titles on the techniques of writing novels of different types.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

JUICE YOUR SETTING

You have now known the type of setting you want to use for your story, hmm that's good. What next? Juicing your story. Place and balance your story in the setting you have chosen in such a way that it will be interesting and captivating to your readers. If you make a choice of a setting that has the feel of something repulsive about it, then you'll definitely scare off your readers, know what I mean? You can now star building your story but mind you, make the scenes and environment catchy and impacting. A world that will remain green in the minds of your fans.

Friday, 18 October 2013

WHY CREATE YOUR OWN SETTING

   When it comes to writing fiction stories, I think creating your own story setting is very important because with your setting in your hands, you have all the tools, that is your own imagination to carve your story setting the way you want it to look like.
   Choosing a ready made setting like the ones written in my previous post is good but you have to dance to the tune of the creators of those settings, thereby limiting your drive.
   Take your time, think very well and sharpen your imagination and then bring out the best you can when carving out your story setting.
   In my own case each time I pick up my pen to write a story, I like creating my own setting to my taste and always come out with wonderful works.
   My agent and other publishers have told me that, which you can see when you read my fiction novels of which one is in the bookstores.
   Power tussle is a powerful fiction story that I will place here for you to pick up and read and then give me your opinion about it and what I am trying to portray.
    power tussle

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

TYPES OF SETTING LOCATIONS

   From all the lectures and books we have read in schools and other places, we can broadly classify setting in fiction writing under certain types so that a writer can easily know which type of setting to choose from and use in writing his/her story. He/she can also use it to identify where his/her story setting falls into.
   Below are the different types of setting in fiction stories.
1. Deep sea world settings
2. Fantasy worlds
3. Dystopian world
4. Omicron and Unicorn worlds
5.Mythical worlds
6. Imaginary worlds
7. Utopian worlds
8.Disc worlds
9. Fictional city
10. Fictional universe
11. Science fiction worlds
12.Tralfalmadore settings
13. Alternative historical worlds
14. Shadow world settings
15. Colonial and post colonial worlds and other worlds too.
   I will welcome any other type of setting you can contribute to this page friends, have a nice day.

HOW TO CHOOSE A GOOD SETTING

   Choosing a good setting when writing a fiction story is very very important and for sure writing your interesting theme without a befitting setting is like building a wonderful mansion with no site for it to be placed.
   So, you have to sit down and give your story a deep and good thought of a setting that will actually match it for it to be more realistic.
   In the next posts, I will be writing about different settings and the necessity for you to create your own setting.
   Any comment? I love your contributions.

THE GENRES OF COMMERCIAL FICTION

   We have discussed in my earlier posts that there are two types of fiction, the commercial fiction and the literary fiction which you now know. Today, I will be writing on the commercial fiction genres to enable you understand where your story falls in and the genre of you are writing.
   Below are the different genres that exists in commercial fiction broken in a simple form.
1. Mystery fiction
2. Science fiction
3.Fantasy fiction
4. Western fiction
5. Horror fiction
6.Thriller fiction
7. Romance fiction and
8. Historical fiction

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

THE NEED FOR A WRITING TUTORIAL

    Friends welcome once again to this blog. I hope you have actually started writing your story and if so I am very happy that you actually have.
   There is a little advice though that I will like to give you and what is that? It is that is if you are finding it had to plan, plot or set your story to make it look realistic it will be better you take a short course or tutorial on how to write fiction novels or attend workshops that will be very helpful in seeing you through the writing process.
 

Sunday, 15 September 2013

START A STORY

   Hello friends, landing on this page is not a coincident, we are meant to meet somehow and what do I have for today?
   Well, I wanted to be sure you have started writing your story.
   You've been reading my posts and from the few things I've been talking about starting your own story I expect you must have started by now.
   If I should start narrating the way I started my writing career, you wouldn't believe it. Briefly let me let you in.
   I found myself in a condition that I could barely sustain myself and my family when teachers' salaries where not being paid regularly in my country at the time. Out of frustration, I went one day into one of our rooms and lay down on a flat mattrass thinking about my life.
   That was when my mind started drifting away towards various kinds of events and ideas, assuming they were real. It dawn on me that I could turn these into stories, know what I did? I took a notebook and pen and started drafting and planning the stories I was going to write and before I actually knew what was happenning, I had written multiple stories.
   I decided to have one of them published to see if it would work out and behold, the agents and pulishers I sent the manuscript to all were enthusiastic about publishing it, only Avon publishers replied that they were not accepting manuscript submissions then.
   My friends, when I sit back in reminiscence, I wondered each time how I could been able to cook up such an interesting story- very, very interesting story. You can check it out at the bookstores online. "Power tussle by Silverline Odigwe.
   I am not trying to convince you to purchase it but you can try to read it and reach me back on this blog to let me know how you feel about it. If you buy it, you are helping me make sales too but I will very much welcome your comments which I value most because I want you to do what I did.
   So my good friends have a nice time.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

DIFICULTIES AND CHALLENGES IN WRITING BOOKS

   People love reading novels and the also like to write novels themselves but certain factors act as barriers or stumbling blocks towards their achieving those dreams and soon those started off manuscripts or ideas in their heads are left to rot or die away.in silence.
   What are these difficulties and challenges? I blieve we can try to sort them into these categories.
  1.I AM TOO YOUNG OR OLD FOR IT
     Yes, many people feel that age is a depriving factor in their lives to achieving their dreams but what they fail to understand is that everyone has his or her own time destined for him or her to carry out certain things in life. Your aspirations may come at a tender age or at a time when you are older but never let that be a barrier to our success. Get it down and out on paper and published, be a famous personality in your early life or in your later years of life and die famous remaining a household name.Your generation will enjoy that.
2. SITUATIONS AND DIFFICULTIES
      Some people when hit with situations like illness, financial incapacitation and family disagreement or other factors prevent themselves from writing and making it. Some day, I'll write out factors in my life that would have hindered me from being the writer I am today, but take it from me forge ahead for the sky is never the limit.
   Thank have a nice time. Any comment?

Monday, 2 September 2013

How to write good fiction stories

  Fiction is a branch of literature in a story form that may be short or long, written by an author in a way that, lives of fictitious characters are made to come alive in the various roles they play in the untrue story the author has created from his/her own imagination.
  Many people say writers are born with pens in their hands and storytelling in their heads, but let me tell you this, anyone interested in becoming a writer can become one, if he/she is ready to learn. All you need to do is, read wide and learn from other writers and published authors.
  Here are a few tips to get you started in your journey to writing a good fiction story.

  TIPS:

 * Have a good and catchy story idea.

 * Find out the genre the the story idea falls into.For example, a story idea of this sort, 'Kate falling in love with Justin in a city where she was lonely and hardly knew anyone. She needed love and someone special beside her and when caring, handsome and dashing looking Justin came along, she fell head over heels in love with him,' will fall in the genre of romance than any other genre.

 * Pick u p books from that genre you want to write on and read them taking note of the way they are written, the paging and formatting and other aspects you can observe as you read them.

 * Your story idea is ready in your hands, you are acquainted with the genre you want to write on, the next thing to do is,to follow the steps I have written out below, it will be of great help to you.

  STEPS:

  1. PLOT: the story you are about to write has to follow an order from the starting point to the finishing point and the events have to follow in sequence so that one event will lead to the other accordingly. So you have to map out a plan and follow it accordingly. The story has to have a beginning, a middle and an end.

 2. SETTING: the story has to take place in an environment at a particular period, so you have to create the place to blend with the time, era, culture and world that best suits it. A story that took place in a medieval period will look absurd and unrealistic when written to take place in the modern times.

 3. CHARACTERS: the people you use in the story are the characters. You have to get characters that are well developed with actions to play out the roles you have allocated to them and these characters actions have to seem realistic to your readers.

 4.POINT OF VIEW: what point of view do you want to use in writing out your story? Is it a first person point of view, second person point of view or third person point of view? Is it third person limited or third person omniscient? You should make a choice of using the one that will flow better with you.

 5.DIALOGUE: this is how your characters interact with one another. The way the speak to one another and the actions that follow their speech. You have to show and not tell. Let your characters speak in a manner that befits their status and educational levels, check out character profiles.

 6. STYLE: write in your own way, never copy someone's work be original in your work and you'll discover your own voice as you grow in your career. As you write, your readers will be able to identify your style from the way you craft and write your story, keep it original and let your work seem original.

 7.WORKSHOP: attend or join writers workshops where you'll meet like minds and both published and unpublished writers that can be of help to you in your career as a writer. There you'll share ideas and trainings that will be highly beneficial.

 8. CRITIQUE GROUPS/FORUMS: join critique groups and forums where your story will be critiqued and you'll also critique other writers work that are starters like you or professionals that will bring out the best in your work. But, remember to take the criticism in good faith and make corrections where necessary.

 9. EDIT: when you have corrected the story, read and reread it. If possible, give it to someone else to read it and edit it for you, they'll see some mistakes you may have passed by or you can send  to a professional editor that will go over the story and make the necessary corrections and you'll pay a small fee.

 10. PUBLISHING: your story is now ready to go out into the final stage, send it out to an agent or publisher that seeks for submissions in the genre you have written.

  Good luck! 






 

WHY ASPIRING WRITERS NEED WRITING COURSES

  Hi friends, I'm back once again this time to tell you something very useful.
  You've been reading my articles and following them with deep interest, thanks. Now is the time to get down to real talks. Your mind is made up to start writing and you have the theme you want to write on, good. But, you still need an extra thing and what is that thing? You need the technical know how. You need to know alot more things than just writing away without the necessary brush ups and by the time the story is published, faces are turned away from what you have on the shelve in the name of a novel.
   Get yourself some education in story writing where you will be taught how to write fiction stories and all that is associated with it. Everything, and then you become an expert in your field.
   In guide to an investment written by Robert Kiyiosaki, he said that getting skills in what ever you want to do makes you better in that field and richer you know.
   You can attend a writing school from home or wherever but get the brush up and fire ahead.
   There are some good places you can go and get them.
   I'll be reaching you soon to let you know about them.
   Thanks.
 

Friday, 30 August 2013

WRITING A STORY FROM EXPERIENCED SITUATION

   Yes, I'm back as I promised the other day to tell how a great writer today made his money from a heart broken situation he experienced.
   Jordi was a handsome young man of twenty five, he fell in love with Shakilar a cherubic beauty that took most of his breathe away and guess what happened to this wonderful love bound? Two years later, the love became so deep that Shakilar became afraid and felt it was too good to be true. She took a clean walk leaving Jordi behind completely heart broken.
   Jordi could not bear the loss of his sweetheart neither could he live without her. He became a nervous wreck and ended up in a psychiatric hospital.
   Preye another handsome young man fell in love with a young lovely angel Annette who came into his life like a whirlwind twirling his emotions into stability and all of a sudden it was marriage or nothing else.
   The preparations were made and everything was set. Visitors and well wishers were invited and the day arrived for the wedding.
   Preye arrived at the altar waiting for his wonderful bride with beaming smiles wrethed all over his face but she never showed up at all.
   Preye was broken hearted but took the bull by the tail, wrote out his torrid emotions on paper, got over it and released it as an emotional outburst song, "You've broken my heart". At the end, Preye's song became a hit and best seller. He became famous and rich. When Annette heard this, she came to congratulate him but by then, there were so many beautiful girls swimming around Preye that he took no notice of her. But he felt happy because Annette had been used as an instrument to bring out the best in him.
  You can see why we can turn our life situations into a perfect hit instead of walloping in misery.
  Have a wonderful time as you start your writing, any comment? You are welcome!

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

TURNING LIFE SITUATIONS INTO FICTION STORIES

   Life is full of ups and downs but one thing is for sure, no matter the situation, we are alive so must try to wade through the dregs and joys of life to our own good use and we can sometimes turn these situations into money making ones that we will benefit at the end. We can turn our life happenings into stories changing the names of those involved if we do not want disclosure. At last, we find solutions to these difficulties we encountered and in turn while writing these stories offer advise in a way that others can learn from. it  This takes us away from sitting down and brooding over life and its difficulties and problems, letting us fall victims of nervous break down.
   Below are reasons why I believe we can do this and be successful with it.
1. When you write life situations as stories, it takes you the writer away from your sorrows, your problems and transport you into a realm you never thought existed.
2. What you are writing will be a source of lesson to others who may be having similar problems you are writing about.
3. It will remove boredom in the lives of those reading it
4 It may turn out to be a best selling story.

5. When it is published, it may lead you to fame and stardom.
   At the end, you become a winner because man on earth is not supposed to be sad, we are built to be happy, to love and be loved. So, let us try to use situations in story creating for others to learn from and for our own benefits.
   Watch out for a life situation turned into a story in my next post.
   Thanks for reading this article.

Friday, 16 August 2013

WHAT IS STYLE IN FICTION STORIES

   Style in fiction story is the way and manner in which a writer crafts and writes his/her story. In this case, it is the way a writer uses language, diction choice of words, imagery, point of view, grammar, paragraphing, etc. to manipulate his or her story in a way that is peculiar to him/her alone.
   When considering a good story, you check out how the writer uses style to touch the five senses of his/her readers. Does the writer maintain the right tenses? Does he/she move from present tense to past tense or past participle? And many more, are good questions to ask yourself as a writer as you move on in your writing career.
   if this as been useful, recommend it to our friends. have a wonderful time.

HOW TO WRITE A GOOD DIALOGUE

   Dialogue is a discussion or conversation between two or more persons in a fiction story. When writing dialogues in fiction stories, you must put into consideration that dialogue in real life is different from when writing it down in a story form otherwise, it will sound like the confusion in the tower of babel.
   There are many things you as a writer should take into consideration when writing dialogues.
1. Your character's voice should be expressed according to te following factors:
             A. Educational level
             B.Geographical origin or background
             C.Age
             D.Personality
             E.Nature
             F.Traits
             G.Attitude
             H.Influence etc.
Which will all reflect in his/her voice in the dialogue.
2. When all these are reflected in the voice of your character in the story, your readers will observe and listen in as they read on and flow with the characters.
 For example, when writing about a well educated character in a story, you don't have to make him/her speak in remote accent of an illiterate; except it is a  disguise role, otherwise, he/she is to speak in a well learned voice of an educated person. 
   Make sure to check back soon to read more on the different types of dialogue in my book on how to write fiction stories to have an in dept read on types of dialogues and how to craft a good one.
   Contributions are welcome to enhance this topic.
            

HOW TO WRITE GOOD FICTION CHARACTERS

   Fiction writing is so interesting that it livens ones spirit to know that he or she as a writer can create fictitious entities in his/her own way to come alive like real human entities. It's like reality and you want the people you have chosen as actors/actresses to dramatize the parts you allocated to them in a unique and pleasant way. These actors and actresses, acting out the various parts you have given them, are the characters in the story.
   So how do we give out roles to the characters we have chosen so that they will act it the right way you want? That's a very good question. We give out roles to the characters by analyzing the part each character has to play in the story you have created. For example, the hero/heroine in the story must fit the role that he/she has been given, you don't expect a dynamic and powerful hero/heroine to be given the part of a weakling in the story so you have to watch out for these flaws.
   When creating your characters, you have to make sure the protagonist, antagonist and the others have characters befitting their social status and profile and let these reflect in the names you assign to them so that everything about them will look realistic. An uneducated character in the story should be made to speak like an uneducated man and not like a learned man otherwise it look unrealistic.
   I'm currently working on a book where you can find good details on character formation and other aspects of fiction writing so watch out for that fantastic piece.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Fiction Writing

Can anyone tell me the ingredients that make a fiction story come alive and interesting? Watch out for the next post.

Fiction Writing

Can anyone tell me the ingredients that make a fiction story come alive and interesting? Watch out for the next post.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

TYPES OF PLOT IN FICTION STORIES

   Plot in fiction writing, are the various episodes or events that happen in a story. They are manipulatively cooked up in such a way that the series of events are planned and arranged in an orderly form to allow the events to come one after the other in the right way.
   For example, in a story where a girl fell in love and got married to a man, you have to plot it in such a way that the story will unfold from their meeting each other, what led to love developing between them and how both of them got married.
   An event that should come first will not look proper when it comes last, so a proper plotting of your story should be done before proceeding with writing of the story idea you have in mind.
   In fiction writing, there are different types of plot but I will be focusing on the narrative structure type here.
   A plot should have five of the following within its make up,  exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution.


   1. EXPOSITION: here the main characters in the story are exposed to the readers. Their relationships to one other, their goals, objectives and motives in the story are exposed and a view into each of the characters attitude is perceived by the readers.

   2.  RISING ACTION: in the rising action, the events that gave rise to the major conflict in the story are brought into play.

   3. CLIMAX: this is where the main action in the story is taking place. The protagonist and the antagonist are struggling to win as they are opposing forces to one another. It is from the climax that the story starts leaning towards a comedy or a tragedy.

   4. FALLING ACTION: here is where the story starts getting wiped up and the antagonist becomes stronger.

   5. RESOLUTION: the resolution is where the story comes to a conclusion and justice is given to those who deserve it and punishment brought upon the undesirables.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

TYPES OF FICTION

  Fiction stories are untrue stories made up from an author's imagination.
  There are two types of fiction, commercial fiction and literary fiction.
Commercial fiction are stories with an element of events happening in recent times. They are broken into different genres and sub- genres and are generally written to appeal to a wider audience to make money out of it.
Literary fiction on the other hand are stories involving challenging situations of intellectual story lines with the the ideas and concepts, of a unique nature. They also have different genres and sub-genres like the commercial fiction.