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Fiction Writers? See how to stand apart

August 2, 2020

Hi, Welcome to BrainQuistive! This post is for fiction writers. We are sharing some simple, yet very useful tips which can make you stand apart from the crowd. Especially, when your goal is writing your first bestseller.

Don’t write it for everyone.

We understand. if you are new to writing, it is common to put effort to make your creation appealing to everyone. But that’s not the job of a writer, and not possible too. Every story has some specific audience, be it age, gender, or other categories. The favourite story for a thirty-year-old academician may not be much enjoyable for a sixty-odd retired person. And, it is true on the contrary also. So, have a clear idea from the beginning about whom you are writing for.

Write your fiction and read it from the point of view of your audience. You will find whether the tone is accurate, and which sentences are to be re-written. You will be able to remove the misfit elements and make it as flawless as possible.

Be consistent when it comes to Genre. If you are already a pro-author, sorry! This nugget of knowledge is not for you. But if you have not yet hit the bestsellers' list, get it from us. Stick to a particular genre for the first few books, especially in any particular book. You can go in-depth and find your sub-genre, but fix what you will create before you start. A cross-genre fiction in your first few book may act against you. Keep it simple.

‘Real’ characters will add life.

Yes, they do. The characters in fiction should be a real human being. They should have that sensitivity, happiness, affection, phobia, and dilemmas. Readers love to see the fiction-characters struggling and resolving their problems. This is for no other reason, but to relate themselves with the characters. If the characters only roam through problems and resolve issues without a struggle, readers will have trouble accepting them. Remember, all the superheroes also have problems in their individual lives.

Make it a show. Don’t only narrate.


Explain the happenings with the characters. Don’t only go on narrating the events. This will add life to the story. Make readers experience what you want to tell them. As an example, do not tell your readers that one of your characters enjoyed his first flight. Rather, show your character entering the airport. Describe him or her seeing around with an amaze, a small suitcase in hand. Then describe the moves through the security check-ins, and boarding the airbus. You can put a nice lady as his or a blue-eyed, charming guy as her co-passenger if you want. Idea is to make it a vivid picture through your words.

Don’t create too many threads.


Because you would not like to be lost in those. Stick to the main plot and have one or two supporting threads that will converge to the main plot.

Don’t introduce all your characters at a time.


If you do, your readers will not be able to remember those unless they are some kind of a mastermind. Introducing the characters creates an image in your readers’ minds. These images will be long-lasting. So, you need to put some extra care here. The tip is, imagine some real-life, alike people while describing the characters. This will make your characters trustworthy.

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