Writing Fiction

There are two distinguishing features of fiction writing:

  1. it deals in the imagination
  2. the conventional rules of grammar and punctuation form an essential basis, but may be ignored for literary effect.

However, to write great fiction, you must first have a sound knowledge of correct grammar and punctuation, because it is only after becoming an expert that you can confidently know how and when to break the rules.

If you subscribe to the Writing in the Gap Newsletter (either through the Subscribe page or the sign-up panel on the lower right-hand side of this page), you will receive a copy of The Seven-Step Guide to Better Writing Skills which contains a section on basic grammar and punctuation rules. For more detailed information, the blogs listed on this page and on the Writing Non-fiction page will be useful.

The following list shows planned blogs, plus those already posted (with hotlinks in brackets). If you have any particular topic you want to hear more about, please send an email through the Contact page.

Being a Creative Writer

Planning and Research

Style and Substance

Grammar and Sentence Construction

Punctuation

Plot Development and Structure

 Characterisation

 Dialogue

Editing

 Flash Fiction