I didn’t quite get to do my usual Tuesday post about writing in some shape or form. So slightly delayed, here it is today. This is also slightly momentous in a ‘that’s interesting to me, but probably no-one else cares at all’ way as it will be my 100th post on this blog. Things have changed quite a bit since I started working on my third book as I started this blog a few months ago. The progress on that book has been slim indeed, as Be An Author and all that goes with it have claimed much of my attention. There has also been the diversion of making plans and beginning the research for my first foray into fiction, which will be a historical novel based on one of my husband’s ancestors.
In order to reflect where I’m up to now, I thought I would begin a series of occasional posts with what I learn about writing fiction. I hadn’t written any fiction since school until I dipped my toe into the water though the wonderful Friday Fictioneers project begun by Madison Woods and now hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. I am gradually thinking about what is important to learn about writing fiction, so would be really happy if you can offer me some suggestions. My intention is to try these things out in my Friday Fictioneers stories, and to make notes that I can use when the research is done and the writing begins.
My third book is still important, and the writing of that will begin in earnest soon. And of course I will report on any progress here!
For now, then, I need to know what it is important to learn about when writing fiction. The topics that have come up so far are:
- Show, don’t tell.
- In Media Res/Backstory
- Making believable characters
What else should I add to my list? Are there any great resources that will help me learn?