This week I’m pleased to present a post by freelance
author Mariana Ashley. But, first, congratulations to Ruth Douthitt and Alvarado Frazier, winners
of the free tickets to the Writer’s Hour presentation. You’ll be receiving
instructions about how to attend soon. And now, I hope you all enjoy Mariana’s
post about how authors of all stripes can learn from literary fiction.
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- Refine your characterization, plot development, and overall sense of narrative by showing things to your readers and letting them piece together the rest. But don’t try to “hide the ball” with your readers. Tell them things when it’s appropriate.
- Try to cultivate your own niche on subjects about which you feel most comfortable writing. Carver wrote stories about the American household because that’s what he knew best. If you can’t figure out a fitting niche, cultivate one through research.
- Trust your readership to have the intelligence to put together the pieces as you spool out the nuances of your story.
- Present characters whose trials and flaws make for a meaningful and ultimately relatable reading experience. In other words, let (natural) conflict drive your stories.
- Regarding conflict, not every character has to be a bank robber or a drug addict in order to make a story compelling. The small anxieties and dramas of life can be just as interesting as anything else.
Plot vs. Character: Which Is More Important?
Are You Writing What You Know?
Story by K.M. Weiland