My earliest memory of reading was going to the library with my mum when I was a toddler to pick my books for the month. My mum is an avid reader and she encouraged our love of reading. The trip was always the same, an hour in the library picking out books, then a play in the park opposite, followed by a picnic. These are some of the most vivid and enjoyable memories I have of childhood. Little did I know at the time that this reading and analysing of text would help me as an author in later life. The book I have started writing this month is a young adult, dystopian. A large amount of my reading in adult life has been young adult, dystopian. Each of these books has taught me a different skill for my writing.
Can you imagine if your imagination was used against you? I have written a large number of murder stories, I would be in a lot of trouble. Recently I read, a story Amanda Knox published in college was used as a sign of her criminal mind in her murder trial. The story was about date rape. What if this happened to all writers? The truth is luckily few of us with have our stories used as evidence in a murder trial. However, to be successful there needs to be elements of truth behind what we write, to make it authentic. Even if you are a fantasy writer, this matters. You need to write authentic characters, that resonate with your readers.
Fiction is notoriously hard to market. However, there are many authors that make a good living from writing fictions. Many platforms are moving towards non-fiction articles. Medium is one platform, that has clearly moved away from fiction and poetry. If you are serious about writing you have to adapt and change. If you are a fiction writer or poet what can you do?
As some of you will know, I have been looking at different ways to market my fiction work. I wrote about the variety of options open to writers. No More Duplicate Content, It’s Time to Think Outside of the Box Three solutions, to the curveball Medium, threw us last week.medium.com I strongly believe that fiction and poetry are slowly being made redundant on Medium. I don’t say this as a bad thing, as stated before, this is Medium’s prerogative to change things.
Tips for formatting successful fiction pieces Styling any post is important. Many writers on Medium use white space in their factual articles. However, you should be using it with all your posts, regardless of genre. Fiction on Medium
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
In a society, with a short attention span, it is essential to get it right from the start. How do you draw people in to read what you have written? It is simple, you write a killer first line. When writing an article I spend as much time on the first line as I do … Continue reading 5 Tips for Attracting More Readers With a Killer First Sentence.