Fiction Writing – Reasons to Tell a Story

By Gerald Gillis

There are as many reasons to tell a fictionalized story as there are books in print or eBook. Do you think you have a story to tell? Take a look around the fiction shelves of a bookstore and note the others who felt similarly. Then determine your own reasons for telling your story and consider the below questions.

Do you:

� Have a worthwhile story to tell and the willingness to tell it? If you are eager to endure the process of writing, knowing that there are no guarantees of success and perhaps even heavier odds for failure, and you are prepared to keep persevering no matter the setbacks, then take a deep breath and jump in. The end result may well be worth more than you ever could have imagined.

� Relish the fact that you can do things in fiction that you could never do in real life? Writing fiction can be more fun than reading it. Do you want to be a hero who vanquishes the evildoers? A villain? A great lover? A master detective? Go ahead. It’s fiction. Your only limitation is your own imagination.

� Think you can create fiction the way you would want to read it? Many of us have read novels where we silently thought we could do better. Page after page, chapter after chapter, we saw ourselves writing the same story better than the author. Are you one of those people? Well, here’s your chance.

� Have characters who are distinct and dying to be known? Your characters are the lifeblood of your story. This is the writing skill that will separate you from the others, in my opinion. If you can make your characters real, if you can give them an identity that the reader can easily discern and come to know, perhaps even care for, then you are heading in the right direction.

� Need a challenge? Don’t be fooled into thinking that writing a novel is easy, or else everyone would be doing it. But wait, you say, nowadays nearly everyone is writing fiction. Writing quality fiction, however, is hardly an easy task. You will find it a challenge of the first order, from start to finish, and if you are ready for such a challenge, then the reading public awaits your finished product.
Good luck with your story. Let your reasons (and your skill) drive you to write it and share it with others.

 

Gerald Gillis is the author of the award-winning historical novel “Shall Never See So Much.” Gerald is available for author appearances and event-speaking engagements. You can visit his website at http://www.geraldgillis.com and his blog at http://geraldgillis.blogspot.com
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