In near future I will be publishing my new help guide, "Top Ten Secrets of Fiction Writing". Over the next few days I will reveal some of the tips that you may want to collect as a 'Neat Sheet' when writing fiction. Here are 5 out of 33 tips that I will share:
1. Dissect and analyze your book to find out what works in storytelling and what doesn’t.
2. Try writing a short description (<1000 words) and a long description (about 4,000 words) as an outline after you finish your rough draft. It can provide you with a roadmap, and that is a mighty powerful tool to have at your disposal.
3. The best fiction comes from real life. Jot down stories that interest you whether they are your own experience, you hear them from a friend or read them in a news article.
4. Real life is also a great source of inspiration for characters. Look around at your friends, family, and coworkers. Magnify the strongest aspects of their personalities and you’re on your way to crafting a cast of believable characters (that would be composite of various features of many real-life characters).
5. Make your characters real through their habits and not just physical description. A girl who bites her lips or a guy with a twitch will be far more memorable than characters that are presented with lengthy head-to-toe physical descriptions.