KEMPS Top 5: Fiction Writing

 Wondering how to get fanfare for your Fiction?
These top five do’s and don’ts will help you inspire obsessive page turning.

KEMPS TOP 5: Fiction Writing

Top 5 DO’s

1. Do study people. Good books feel realistic and authentic.
2. Do read! The only way to learn to write is to dive into books–lots.
3. Do experiment. Play around with language to find your own author voice.
4. Do talk to people. Talking to other authors and readers will improve your prose.
5. Do let people read your work. Your manuscript in the dark will only collect dust.

Top 5 DON’Ts

1. Don’t be afraid of starting with a template. Point blank–they work.
2. Don’t be afraid to break rules. Templates are boring; add some color.
3. Don’t be afraid to tell the truth. Much of fiction is based on slightly altered facts.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Good writing is rarely done in a complete vacuum.
5. Don’t worry about everyone loving it. Identify your motivation and write in to it.


1. An interesting point of view/perspective–boring isn’t the book anyone wants to read
2. Compelling characters–no one wants to read about characters they don’t like
3. A storyteller’s spirit–grammar can be fixed, but there has to be a good story
4. The ability to let things go–it will never be perfect
5. A fearlessly spark of creativity

KEMPS’ Golden Fiction Rule

Good Fiction starts with a good idea!

When in doubt, get help! Happy writing!

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