Five Elements of Great Fiction Writing

Five Elements of Great Fiction Writing

Five Elements of Great Fiction Writing

Posted on 01/10/2023 Evan Swensen
Five Elements of Great Fiction Writing

So, what are the elements of a good fiction story? Here are the five elements I believe are essential:

Try to write about characters that can catch the reader’s imagination: It is important to note that your characters need to have a private and public life. As a fiction writer, you must ensure the reader can relate to your character. Therefore, you need to share the character’s personal life, feelings, and beliefs to make the subject appeal real to your reader.

This way, the reader can feel how they feel, and experience life through their eyes, through their minds and hearts. Therefore, building and sharing the character’s bright and dark sides is vital.

Themes based on Emotions: Writing about friendship, loyalty, love, betrayal, loss, redemption, grief, despair, and fear are profoundly part of the human experience, thus making great content to base stories on. Your story can be light, humorous, hard-boiled, playful, serious, panoramic, or many different styles.

Emotional charge: every successful story elicits a strong response from the reader. That “emotional charge” is what keeps the reader engaged and keeps the reader emotionally connected to the book. Nothing is better than hearing that a reader “stayed up all night because they could not put the book down.” The key is ensuring that you open the character up enough so the reader can personally relate to that character or story.

Unexpected Turning Point: Whether you are writing suspense, thriller, mystery, or any other genre, a writer needs to include a powerful turning point in the story. The turning point is hidden from the reader and later revealed during the story’s progress. The writer can choose between a skillful withholding of information or the subtle drip-feeding of clues. Both are effective in hooking the reader in.

The Unknown Factor: This part is the “spirit” behind the story; ideas for an unknown factor can be; characters who haunt us, dilemmas we can relate to, or even everyday past experiences. Many novels have used this unknown factor effectively and taken their place in some of the greatest novels written.

The key to writing a fictional novel is keeping the reader “hooked” on the character and the storyline. Keeping the reader with “I completely relate” to the character will be the golden egg for any writer. For more information on other great writing tips, contact us, and let’s talk about how we can publish your unforgettable story!

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