Start writing fiction: characters and stories
Start writing fiction: characters and stories

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Start writing fiction: characters and stories

1.1 What is fiction?

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What is fiction?
Fiction is all about characters. Writing – trying to find and create characters – can be full of surprises; a person’s imagination is a powerful force.
Start writing fiction will help you to make the best use of what you already have … and what you know.
You’ll be able to draw on your own experiences, and what you’ve read – your observations and imagination, your language and ideas.
You’ll come to discover – as you start to create stories – the best rules and lessons for you, the best ways for you to create characters – the best way for you to write.
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Fiction is all about characters. Make the best of everything you already have and know – your unique ‘material’ and ‘equipment’ for creating characters:

  • your experiences (including your reading experiences)
  • your memories and personal history
  • your feelings and desires
  • your language, imagination, observations and ideas.

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