I started this blog in 2007 — how time flies, to coin a cliche. Back in 2007, although fiction writing was popular, it took the birth of the Kindle to truly expand authors’ interest.
Authors realized that the gatekeepers were gone. For the first time in history, authors could sell their novels directly to readers.
Why is fiction writing so popular?
By 2012, self-publishing had truly arrived. On the Kindle store, fiction outsells nonfiction by a wide margin, so I expected that the blog’s most popular posts in 2017 would be about writing fiction.
A comforting thought: you don’t have to be a brilliant writer to sell fiction. If you tell a good story, readers will read.
Let’s look at the four most popular posts — check them out, if you haven’t read them.
1. Basic Short Story Template: Keep It Simple!
I wrote the most popular post, Basic Short Story Template: Keep It Simple! in 2014. It’s been updated frequently.
If you haven’t discovered writing short stories as a promotional tool, check out the post, and write some short stories. They’re a super-simple way to guide readers to your novels.
2. Fiction Writing Tips for Beginners: Super-Easy Outlines
Outlines tend to stymie fiction authors, so Fiction Writing Tips for Beginners: Super-Easy Outlines, published at the start of 2017, has been popular.
Words to live by when writing fiction:
Fiction is all about emotion. No emotion? You’ve got nothing. Your idea, no matter how wonderful, will fizzle out.
3. Writing Short Stories: How Many Scenes Do You Need?
Another post from 2014: Writing Short Stories: How Many Scenes Do You Need? has been hugely popular.
One of the first things you think about when you’re writing fiction is — how long is this? Then you (if you’re like me) track your word count obsessively, because you know that your milestones determine the success or otherwise of a piece of fiction.
4. New Novelist: Write A Selling Novel With One Simple Strategy
I’m thrilled that this post, New Novelist: Write A Selling Novel With One Simple Strategy, is so popular.
To write novels which sell, every novel:
… must have a point. All the screaming excitement of your novel can’t and won’t make up for it if there’s no point.
Please use the strategy I outline in that post. The strategy won’t guarantee a bestseller, but you have no hope of selling if your novel doesn’t have a point.
Enjoy the posts. 🙂
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