Writing fiction is slightly different than writing non-fiction.
My rule for non-fiction still applies here; as long as the author is passionate about the material, then I’m on board.
While non-fiction involves research, the fiction equivalent is brainstorming.
Fiction books need to follow their own internal logic. On the surface, this sounds simple enough. But it’s surprising how tricky that can become in very little time.
For example; our hero is an adolescent who’s discovering he’s got some metaphysical powers. They pop up here and there, and he can’t seem to figure out why.
Cue the wise sage who will guide him in learning about these new powers, and get him started on his epic quest.
The wise sage states that his powers come with rules. In order to call down fire from above, the young man must be in relative good health, awake, and the sky cannot be blue.
Sounds simple enough, right?
But what if our boy hero is a native of some island chain in the Carribean or the South Pacific? Cloudy days are rare there.
There’s also the potential for him to use his powers at night or during storms. Not really a kink in his hero business, but one that must be observed or else the shaky rule structure will distract your reader. Because there’s nothing more frustrating than super-powers with glaring loopholes.
A tangent here; my daughter, like most little girls, discovered Frozen. She calls it “Let It Go.” It’s cute, and when you think about it, the movie really is just about that one song.
When she saw that we’d gotten it for her, she ran up and snatched the case off the entertainment center and waved it around, shouting “Let It Go! Let It Go!”
It’s safe to say I’ve seen the film one hundred times, easily.
Given my penchant for analyzing stories, I got a chance to review some of Ilsa’s “magic” and discovered some inaccuracies.
Instead of listing them here, I’ll let Honest Trailers do it. After all, they’re much more entertaining than I am.
Now that you’ve seen that, you won’t be able to point these out next time you watch the movie. But I’ve done you a favor.
If you’re going to write a fiction story, you need to ensure that all logic you introduce adheres to rules. If you don’t, then it’ll distract your readers and take away from the overall plot. I’m not saying it’ll ruin your story, but it won’t be good for it either.
Fiction Needs to Sound Real
Writing a fictional story that’s based on real-world principles will still require that internal adherence to logic. So do yourself a favor and reread your manuscript to fact check.
As a certified ghostwriter, I’m eager to take on these projects. But if the client thinks their idea is all they need, then they’re in for a rude awakening.
That’s why I always require the author to have passion for their story. As a certified ghostwriter running a professional ghostwriting service, I would be doing my authors, and by extension their readers, a disservice if I just let every idea go.
Trust me, it’s important.
What about your fiction project? Have you created your rules?
Are there books out there where a blatant gap in the logic was ignored and made reading it impossible? Mention it in the comments!
In the meantime, get to writing!
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