Writing Mini-Lessons: What’s Easy about Writing Bad Fiction?


“Fiction writers aim at creating legitimate untruths since they aim to
demonstrate meaningful insights into the human condition.  Therefore,
fiction is untrue in the absolute sense, but true in the universal sense.”
~ Dr. Cynthia Hallett

Fictional narrative is a wonderful genre for writers because you can consider and shape issues and experiences, imagine new worlds, explore ideas, and recast them as literature.   Fictional narrative writing can help you discover more about yourself, others, and what it means to be human through the creation of imaginary worlds.

Of course, fictional narratives can suffer from a host of problems, most of which stem from the writer’s lack of understanding of the complexities and demands of the genre.  Fictional narratives demand so much more than daydreaming on paper or tediously recounting a favorite video game or movie.

Fiction is the most difficult genre to write well.  To begin our study of the fictional narrative genre, we will think about what can be learned from our failed attempts at fiction writing.  This will help us gain some perspective and avoid the common pitfalls inherent in bad fiction.  Below is a list of some of the pitfalls that are encountered when a writer doesn’t fully grasp the work of a fiction writer.

What’s Easy about Writing Bad Fiction?