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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, book promotion, 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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Visit our online bookstores:

  1. Kindle's Free eBook Store
  2. Fiction Writer's Bookstore
  3. Romance Writer's Bookstore

Vist: Socialpolitan: Free Online Greeting Cards / Post Office

 

Also visit some great online writing courses:

  1. UniversalClass Writing Help Courses
  2. Writer's Digest Workshops
  3. Writer's Digest Writing TUTORIALS Get Started as a Writer
  4. Screenwriters University: Online Screenwriting Classes with Industry Professionals
  5. Writing Fundamentals: The Craft of Story
  6. Screenwriting Fundamentals

 

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23.04.2017 16:10    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Prompts      Tags: writing prompt  internet writers workshop  
Create a scene in which someone hopes to throw out, sell, or give away an object or a collection of objects stored or displayed in a home.
 
17.04.2017 16:06    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Prompts      Tags: writing prompt: descriptive language.  
Envision a dragon. Do you battle him? Or is the dragon friendly? Use descriptive language.
 
15.04.2017 01:02    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Quotations      Tags: william strunk  e. b. white  writing concrete details  
In their classic guide The Elements of Style, William Strunk and E. B. White emphasize the importance of using concrete details:
 
11.03.2017 14:41    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Prompts      Tags: writing prompt  internet writers workshop  writing senses  
In 400 words or less, describe the reactions of a character who enters an unfamiliar location.
 
19.02.2017 21:42    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Quotations      Tags: ernest hemingway  writing craft  writing quotes  
The hardest thing in the world to do is to write straight honest prose on human beings. First you have to know the subject; then you have to know how to write. Both take a lifetime to learn.
 
19.02.2017 19:33    Comments: 0    Categories: Fiction Writing      Tags: edgar allan poe  prose  tale  review  
These paragraphs are from a long review of Hawthorne's Twice-Told Tales, which originally appeared in Graham's Magazine, published in Philadelphia, in May, 1842.
 
19.02.2017 18:20    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Quotations      Tags: robert saunders dowst  writing quotes  fiction writing  
The deterainant characteristic of all fiction, short or long, new or old, good, bad, and indifferent, whether tale or story, is movement; something happens.
 
11.02.2017 20:32    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Quotations      Tags: robert saunders dowst  emotion  writing quotes  
Emotion can be evoked only by the portrayal of passion, and emotion—sympathy, disgust, admiration, any spiritual excitement—is the root of the appeal of fiction.
 
30.01.2017 02:33    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Setting      Tags: world-building  social networks  
There are three categories of fiction where world-building is very important:Science fiction, Fantasy, Historical fiction
 
11.01.2017 20:06    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Prompts      Tags: writing prompt  internet writers workshop  
Guns are everywhere, and have been since the 15th century. In your scene the gun may be carried by anyone, man, woman or child.
 
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465 days ago 0 comments From: Writing-Admin Categories: Publishing  Tags: submit your book kindle scout publishing 
socialpolitan.orgy —      Dear Writers: Writers who have an interest in publishing might want to know about Kindle Scout, a reader-powered publishing program where readers help discover the next great books. Submit your never-before-published novel to Kindle Scout and in 45 days or less, your book will be considered for a publishing contract with Kindle Press. We welcome English-language book submissions in the following genres: romance, mystery & thriller, science fiction & fantasy, and literature & fiction. If chosen for publication, you receive: Guaranteed advance & competitive royalties: A $1,500 advance and 50% eBook royalty rate. Focused formats: We acquire worldwide publication rights for eBook and audio formats in all languages. You retain all other rights, including print. 5-year renewable terms: If your book doesn't earn $25,000 in royalties during the initial 5-year contract term, and any 5-year renewal term after that, you can choose to stop publishing with us. Easy reversions: After two years, rights in any format or language that remains unpublished, or all rights for any book that earns less than $500 in total royalties in the preceding 12-month period, can be reverted upon request--no questions asked. Early downloads & reviews: One week prior to release date, everyone who nominated your book will receive a free, early copy to help build momentum and customer reviews. Marketing through Amazon: Your book will be enrolled into the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, Kindle Unlimited as well as be eligible for targeted email campaigns and promotions. We believe authors thrive with options. If you value an advance, creative control, competitive royalties and marketing opportunities--this program might be perfect for you.   Learn More About Kindle Scout   Rates as of 01/16/2016.
546 days ago 0 comments From: Writing-Admin Categories: Screenwriting  Tags: screenwriting fundamentals mark tapio kines lynda.com 
socialpolitan.org — Screenwriting Fundamentals   Join independent film director and screenwriter Mark Tapio Kines as he walks you through the process of getting your screenplay idea out of your head and onto the printed page. Learn how to define your story's characters, obstacles, and scope; understand the importance of each of the three acts in a traditional narrative structure; and discover how to build tension and reveal key plot points. Lastly, Mark shows you how to format your screenplay to make it readable and well paced, and navigate the legalities of adapting an existing property, collaborating with a cowriter, or engaging in a work-for-hire contract. Topics include: Finding the drama in your story idea Structuring your story into three acts Defining your protagonist's short-term and long-term goals Creating obstacles for your characters Understanding the importance of suspense Timing your plot twists Formatting your script Registering for a copyright
546 days ago 0 comments From: Writing-Admin Categories: Fiction Writing  Tags: writing fundamentals lisa cron craft of story lynda.com 
socialpolitan.org — Dig into the craft of writing a compelling story, with practical how-to advice and before-and-after writing samples.   In this course, author Lisa Cron digs into the craft of writing a compelling story based on what the brain is wired to respond to in every story we hear. Whether you're writing a story from scratch, or revising your story for the umpteenth time, this course offers practical how-to advice, then illustrates it using before-and-after examples. Discover how to craft a first page, zero in on your story's point, create empathy, find a character's secret goals and inner issues, translate generics into specifics, write for suspense, create cause-and-effect connections, build momentum and tension, and deftly implement setups, payoffs, flashbacks, subplots, and foreshadowing. Topics include: What is a story? Hooking your reader Feeling what the protagonist feels Being specific Creating suspense and conflict Writing flashbacks and subplots

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