How to Make a Fiction Writer’s Day

Fiction writing can be hard on Medium, but it is worth persevering with it.

I am proud of my first novel. It isn’t perfect and there are many things I will change when I publish again. I am still proud of it.

In Medium fiction makes a fraction of the money, that other articles do. But, this will never deter me. I will always enjoy writing fiction and continue to do it.

How else will my imaginary friends get to escape?

The characters in my head deserve to see the world. Some people will love them, some will only read my non-fiction articles. I’m fine with that. Everyone has their own tastes. You would never see me pick up a romance novel, for example.

Fiction on Medium

It is disappointing, fiction doesn’t receive the same recognition on Medium, as non-fiction. From my own stats, claps are lower on my fiction pieces.

This lack of readers has not minimised, the talent on Medium. I have read many stories on Medium that are amazing.

This is one of my favourites.

How to Improve Your Stats

Despite the low views and readers of fiction, there are some tricks you can use to enhance your views.

Pictures

Using pictures at the start of the story is essential, especially as these show up on your preview. I would also use images throughout. Not that I suggest you use the post as a picture book unless that fits the genre you are writing for. A few well-placed pictures can, however, break up the text and help the reader engage with the story. I have included an example below.

Publications

The pool of fiction readers on Medium is smaller than non-fiction. For this reason, these readers tend to flock towards publications for fictional work. For this reason, I would use publications to get your work in front of as many readers as possible.

The two that I use the most is The Weekly Knob. This publication posts a weekly writing prompt. It has a good readership and has gained me some of my better stats. The other publication I use is my own Bookworm Sanctuary. We offer a monthly writing prompt and publish both drafts and published work.

Formatting

Just because you are writing a piece of fiction does not mean you can’t play around with the formatting. Breaking up text with subheadings, section breaks and quotes. In fact, I would encourage it.

Readers prefer white space and find reading easier when this is evident. This is the same whether you are writing fiction or non-fiction. Experiment with different formats and see which offer you the best results.

Series of stories

This is something I have done recently through my Tommy series of short stories. This happened by accident but has been a lucky accident. If you want to group short stories together or a series of chapters, to a book, you can do this one of two ways.

The first is to post links to the other posts in your current post. However, as the series gets bigger this can be time-consuming. My suggestion would be to make a series through your mobile and then link all the posts to that series. At the end of every new edition, you leave a link to the series. I have demonstrated this below.

Get Curated

Many posts have been written about curating at present. I don’t have a magic formula to give you with regards to getting your fiction curated.

Up until last week, I hadn’t been curated in fiction. This happened Saturday with a short story, which isn’t one I consider my best. I have included it below.

The one thing I have learnt about curation is don’t rely on it. If it happens great, if not so what. Posts can do well without being curated.

The two tips I can give, follow the curation guidelines completely. If you think something should be curated then email Medium and check.

Social Media Marketing.

As you need to promote your non-fiction writing, you also need to promote your fiction writing. The success of any post is partly caused by the success of social media marketing.

You can promote these posts in two ways. I have tried both and both are successful. The first method would be to post the first paragraph of the story and hope readers will click to read more. The second way, which I am favouring at the moment, is to write a synopsis and promote using this.

Facebook groups can also be a great way to gain extra reads and promote your post. Search for groups that include fiction writing and then post links to your post in these. Ensure that you read the rules of the group before you start posting. My group Bloggers & Medium Support has a regular Wednesday thread, dedicated to fiction writing.

Fiction writers are a strong bunch. Nothing will deter us from writing and letting our imaginary friends come out to play. Take five minutes out of your day to offer us some support. You will be amazed at the quality you find.


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