6 Tips for Writing Top-notch Fiction Story


“Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.” – Albert Camus. Fiction is the lens through which we can see reality for what it truly is. It is the media through which we, as writers akin to a painter can create a world we wish to be in existence. Fiction may be made up, a well-crafted figment of the imagination, but a well written one is more believable than real life.

In order to nail a good fiction story, certain elements need to be in place. If you are having a hard time starting or completing a fiction story, then try out the following tips:

1. Love your story: While this might sound cliché, loving your story is extremely important in any form of art. Because whether you believe it or not, it reflects in your work. The reader will not feel the emotions you require them to feel if you don’t. Many writers do their best work when they are deeply invested in the characters and plot.

2. Employ basic story structure: Most professional writers are conversant with basic story structure: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, catastrophe. Ensure your plot follows an organized structure.

3. Suspense: Suspense is a key element of a good plot. It is a technique you need to master. When writing fiction, give your readers only the information required at that moment. Do not overload your readers with information, let the story unfold at the perfect pace- mind you this could be quickly like in Mechanics of Yenogoa by Michael Anefia or at a much slower rate like in Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma.

4. Edit, Edit, cut it off, add more: Editing is then icing on the cake. It is the perfect topping on your pizza and it transforms your work. It is important to know when you need to delete paragraphs which may just be a fancy repetition of what you said already. Other times you will need to expand on a scene, description, add more imagery. However editing should be done after writing or completing your draft. And not before. Doing it before could stifle your creative process.

5. Ask for feedback: Our work tends to be something dear to us, making it hard to accept criticism. However getting an objective opinion from someone you trust, and preferably in the field can be valuable. You are able to notice flaws in the plot, loopholes and possible opportunities.

6. Think about your audience: Your audience should be at the fore of your mind while developing your story. How will your readers react to this? Did you communicate your thoughts effectively? Can it be digested by a diverse audience? Answering these and other similar questions will help set your work apart.

And there you go! 6 tips for writing top-notch fiction writing. A bonus tip is reading other works. It is a great study resource. Head over to Tell! to read thousands of stories by African writers today.

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