NEWSLETTER A Fiction Writer’s Experience: Part 1 DEAR READER, Welcome to my site! It is a pleasure to post my first newsletter as a new author. This article is a 4-part series for writers, readers, and curiosity seekers alike. This month, I will go over some basics in creative writing, manuscript formatting, and offer some resources in the u.r.l.s provided at the end. First, it begins with an idea. With Kill Per View, that concept began with a “what if..” scenario. I asked myself “What if every country in the world enacted the death penalty for all murderers. What would create that kind of massive, worldwide change?” From there, I developed the idea by adding sub-themes around capital punishment such as a government-led council, protest movement, reality show, and last but not least…a serial killer.
Second, create your characters. Who is the main character/hero/protagonist? Who is the main rival/enemy/antagonist? Give them unique personality traits and physical descriptions. In my case, it was the best fit for my protagonist to be a corrections officer. Make sure to build what is called a “character arc” for your lead character; a good example is a certain mindset/belief your hero has at the start of the story. Later on, he/she struggles with that belief eventually leading to that character’s “change of heart” near the end of the story.
Third, describe the surrounding environment to help design that image in the reader’s mind. Sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch. By doing this you’re indirectly saying to the reader “Here are some brushes, paint, and a blank canvas! Interpret the scene I’ve given you. Don’t forget to have fun!”. Of the many fiction novels I’ve read, a lot of typed words on the pages included these atmospheric descriptions. Another suggestion, try to avoid common known similes and metaphors. Create your own. “Slow as a turtle” is a common simile. How about “sluggish as a sloth”? You get the idea.
Last, if you wish to publish your work, you need to establish how big of a story you’re writing. Short story, novella, novel? Before you start typing, you should do research on proper formatting including font type/size, paragraph indentations, sentence spacing just to name a few formalities. These are things you need to be aware of. The rest is mentioned in one of the urls I’ve given you. That is all I have to share with you this month. Check out Part 2 of this series next month when I write about manuscript submissions to traditional publishers.
Thank you for reading! A.G. Fleury https://thinkwritten.com/novel-writing-tips/?nowprocket=1 https://www.masterclass.com/articles/writing-tips-for-fiction-writers https://firstmanuscript.com/proper-manuscript-format/