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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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13.05.2017 19:36    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Quotations      Tags: stephen king  opening line  writing quotes  
There are all sorts of theories and ideas about what constitutes a good opening line.
 
28.04.2017 22:34    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Prompts      Tags: writing prompt  internet writers workshop  
In 400 words or less, write a scene without using an adjective or an adverb.
 
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.
 
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