In this week’s column, I’m taking a look at writing techniques that can be used in fiction. These include free writing, showing v telling, writing out of order, and a number of other literary techniques that you can use to improve your fiction storytelling and bring your stories to life. I hope you enjoy the links I’ve chosen today and that they prove useful in your writing.
- https://www.masterclass.com/articles/writing-tips-for-fiction-writers – 16 Writing Tips for Fiction Writers: The first link for this week comes from MasterClass and is a list of 16 tips and techniques that fiction writers can use to help them write better and craft great stories. The tips include techniques such as withholding information from your readers, writing simple sentences, setting milestones, understanding basic story structure, learning character development techniques, active voice, and killing your darlings. There’s some excellent information in this article and well worth reading especially for beginners.
- https://www.randysusanmeyers.com/blog/2014/09/20-fiction-techniques-quickly/ – 20 Fiction Techniques: This article comes from Randy Susan Meyers and is a post about 20 writing techniques that you can use in fiction. It includes things like showing or telling, characterisation, point of view, dialogue, interior monologue, white space, repetition, setting, details, sentence mechanics, transitions, and more. It’s a short article but packed with great information and examples.
- https://writersedit.com/fiction-writing/5-writing-techniques-authors/ – 5 Must Try Writing Techniques for Fiction Authors: This one is from Writer’s Edit and talks about establishing a writing routine and how to figure out the writing techniques that will work best for you. The first technique discussed is the Pomodoro technique which is about using writing sprints to get your story written. The second technique is freewriting. The third discussed is dictation which is great if you struggle with carpal tunnel syndrome or tired wrists. Writing out of order is the next technique where you write different scenes instead of writing chronologically. This works for some people, but not for others (pantsers probably won’t find this useful). The last technique discussed is writing and revising simultaneously. All the techniques work for some but not for everyone so have a read and choose the ones that will work for you.
- https://selfpublishingadvice.org/dramatic-techniques-fiction-writing/ – 5 Ways Dramatic Techniques Can Transform Your Fiction: This article comes from the Alliance of Independent Authors Advice Centre and focuses on what authors can learn from playwrights and dramatic techniques. There are five techniques discussed which are dramatic actions, beats, physicalise, powerful images, and transformations. Each of these techniques has an explanation on what they are and how they are used as well as an example of what to try instead to get the best effect.
- https://davehood59.wordpress.com/2010/02/10/elements-of-fiction-literary-techniques/ – Elements of Fiction: Literary Technique: While this link is essentially a glossary of terms, it is a really useful post to read and explains the different literary techniques and how they can be used. It includes things like symbolism, allegory, irony, and imagery. It also discussed figurative language such as metaphors, hyperbole, and similes.
- https://thewritelife.com/5-powerful-writing-techniques/ – 5 Powerful Writing Techniques That Bring Stories to Life: This article looks at 5 techniques you can use to bring your stories to life. These include invoking multiple senses, creating intriguing and complex characters, evoking strong emotions, using rich character voice, and pulling the reader into the action. Each technique is discussed with an example to showcase how it is used. There are some great examples included that really help you to see how each technique can improve your writing.
- https://www.nownovel.com/blog/writing-techniques-polish-your-prose/ – Writing Techniques to Polish Your Prose: This article from Now Novel looks at three writing techniques you can use to enhance your writing and make your prose shine. The first of these is literary techniques such as similes and metaphors. It explains what both are and gives an example of them in use. The second is grammatical writing techniques including Zeugma and parallel construction. Again explanations and examples are given. The third is narrative techniques which includes foreshadowing and flashbacks and flashforwards. All of these techniques can help to improve your fiction storytelling.
- https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2018/03/09/fiction-techniques-writing-memoir/ – 9 Tips for Using Fiction Techniques When Writing Memoir: My final link for this week is from Joanna Penn’s The Creative Penn and while the focus is on writing memoir, the techniques can be used in all fiction writing. The tips include using details, setting the scene, ARCs, hurdles/problems, voice, plot, character development, making readers care, and plotting. There are examples given for each of the tips as well as an explanation on how to use it. There is some excellent information in this article that I’m sure you’ll find really useful.
I hope you’ve enjoyed all the links this week and have a better understanding of the different writing techniques you can use in your stories. If there is a topic you’d like to see me cover, all you need to do is get in touch with me via any of my social media links.
(c) Amanda J Evans