Many editors have advised me to show more and tell less. If you write fiction I am sure you have heard this. It in itself seems like a simple concept. In practice, it is hard to do. When I sit down at my computer it is a thought that is my constant companion. It should be on your mind when you sit on your desk chair. The edge biting into your legs as you shuffle to get comfy. Fingers hammering on the keys as cramp starts to take hold of your wrist. Your heart beating faster as you attempt to get your protagonist out of one more scrap. A dull ache behind your eyes. The sense of dread rising in your stomach as you realise what in front of you is crap. You probably think that was a long introduction, but as you can see even with factual writing you can show not tell
As writers, we are constantly told to polish our work to the best version we can, before publishing. The advice is good, a manuscript should be edited and complete before you send it. The best version of yourself. You only get one chance to make a first impression.
The steps to complete and publish a novel.
This is not only an update on my writing but an opportunity for me to share some of the thoughts and feelings I had. Previously, I have written a children’s book. This is, however, the first adult novel I have written. I would describe it as a mix of genre’s, crime and horror
Twitter is a brilliant resource for sharing your articles and gaining followers. There are various techniques you can use, which I have spoken about before.
If you are a fiction writer, however, many of these techniques may not be effective. One technique I discovered is to create an account for one of your fictional characters.
Many years ago I started writing a vampire novel. At present, it is only halfway through. The lead character is a vampire named Raylon who was part of an experiment. It was this character I used for my Twitter account.
This is a method that would work on Twitter and Instagram. I have only done this on Twitter. Instagram, however, welcomes this approach. There is even an option on a business account to be a fictional character.
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
Factors to consider when sitting down to write your first novel.
When I was very young, I was lucky enough to have a school visit from Michael Rosen. He said something that will stick with me for the rest of my life.
To be able to write fiction of any type you need to imagine the story in your head like a movie and then write what you see.
It was the first time I realised, that I could write a novel. I could see the characters and action in stories as clear as if I was watching it on a TV screen.