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Welcome to Socialpolitan Fiction Writing Craft - Where Writers Meet and Hone Their Craft

 

The SFWC is a not-for-profit writers support group, organized to provide educational, networking, and marketing support for individuals interested in learning the craft and business of fiction writing.

 

I believe fiction writing is a Craft.

 

In the hands of a writer who has mastered the Craft, it can become more than that. It can become Art.


Art = Talent + Craft

 

But the bedrock is Craft. There are fundamental techniques to be studied, unfamiliar tools to be mastered, tricks of the trade to be learned. And it all takes time. Are you a fiction writer that's yet to be published? Maybe you're published but still need information about writing. Not sure how to format that manuscript or query letter? How about that synopsis? This community will showcase some of the best information for fiction writers from all over the net.

You have your inspiration, the seed of a story germinating in your mind. You are creating a new world from your imagination. You plan. You write. You realize that you know nothing about an important aspect of your character's life. You could write around that gap in your knowledge and hope you don't make any glaring errors, or you can do some research and fill that gap.

Discover the industry secrets and practical advice you need to become a successful fiction novelist. Find out how to get published and the easiest ways to break into writing. Creative fiction writing tips, articles, writing elements,  free online writing portfolio, and much more. All genres welcome!

 

We welcome new members, both novice writers and professionals, as well as anyone in the publishing industry with a vested interest in nurturing the art of fiction writing.

 

"There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are." —W. Somerset Maugham

 

"Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he'll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer." —Ray Bradbury

 

Authors, we'd appreciate anyone who would like to contribute fiction writing articles or fiction writing tips to this site. Your valuable experience and knowledge may be just the boost an aspiring or fellow author may need. Please share with us!

 

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29.07.2014 20:52    Comments: 0    Categories: Fiction Elements      Tags: interior monologue  fiction writing  randy ingermanson  
Handling interior monologue (or interior emotion) is like riding a bike. Once you get it, you’ve got it forever and can never have a problem with it again.
 
28.07.2014 01:07    Comments: 0    Categories: Fiction Writing      Tags: rachel scheller  writing craft  writing technique  write better  
We’ve heard the old montage “Show, don’t tell” so many times that it’s become stale–and what does it mean, anyway?
 
19.07.2014 19:12    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Prompts      Tags: inspiration  favorite quotes  writing prompt  
If you're stuck on what to write, try making an entry based on a favorite quote.
 
16.07.2014 00:29    Comments: 0    Categories: Screenwriting      Tags: common sense  script rules  writing the adaptation  
These rules will not make you a better writer. They will simply keep you from annoying your average reader or crew member.
 
15.07.2014 16:24    Comments: 0    Categories: Fiction Writing      Tags: melanie anne phillips  story’s personality  genre  
Your story’s genre is its overall personality. As with the people that you meet, first impressions are very important.
 
14.07.2014 22:12    Comments: 0    Categories: Fiction Editing      Tags: checklist  help  edit  writing  james v. smith jr  
This excerpt from The Writer’s Little Helper by James V. Smith Jr., explores the common mistakes that writers make–and how to avoid them.
 
14.07.2014 03:43    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Romance      Tags: writing  blockbuster  love story  john truby  
Everyone loves a love story. But this apparently simple tale may be the most difficult form to write well, for a number of reasons.
 
10.07.2014 22:15    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Craft      Tags: randy ingermanson  craft  read  reading  fiction  reading fiction  
Years ago I was talking to a fellow novelist whom I’d just met and I asked him what his Top Five favorite novels were.
 
04.07.2014 21:21    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Plot      Tags: ronald tobias  master plots  
20 Master Plots, and how to build them, describes 20 common story plots and gives lots of detail on how to construct complete stories around them.
 
02.07.2014 22:22    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Quotations      Tags: simon haynes  scenes  writing scenes  
A scene is a pleasant chunk to work on - small and well-defined, you can slot them into your novel...
 
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Fiction Writing Character Chart - A useful way to “learn” more about your characters is to fill out a character chart for each of them—at least for the more important ones. It’s a great deal more information than you will actually use in your novel, but it will help you as a writer to understand your characters more fully as people. With experience, you will be able to selectively fill out only those portions of the chart you feel will be pertinent to your character.
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rnMost people read fiction not so much for plot as for company. In a good piece of fiction you can meet someone and get to know her in depth, or you can meet yourself, in disguise, and imaginatively live out and understand your passions. The writer William Sloan thinks it boils down to this: ‘‘Tell me about me. I want to be more alive. Give me me.’’ Source: Novakovich, J. ( 1995)Fiction Writer’s Workshop, C incinnati, Ohio: S tory Press,‘Character’, pp.48–66;‘Setting’, pp.25–42. http://socialpolitan.org/y/writersworkshop
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