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The Six Traits of Writing Fiction & Nonfiction

Treasure Map to Originality & Authenticity
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Mark Lyons

on 4 October 2013

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Transcript of The Six Traits of Writing Fiction & Nonfiction

Originality &
Authenticity

Voice in
Fiction versus Nonfiction
Treasure Map to Originality & Authenticity
The Six Traits of Writing Fiction and Nonfiction
Ideas in
fiction versus nonfiction
Fiction and Nonfiction often follow a strict pattern.
Invention is typically
an important source.

Robbing ideas is
encouraged.
Style changes
depending on
personalities:
Word choice should
read aloud to hear the rhythm and get a clear sense.
avoid drifting from the subject.
when in question cut it down.
Open sentences with VARIETY.
To achieve sentence fluency:
Essay Structure
be precise, colorful verbs & nouns
be original & unique
be natural
be filled with sensory images
be able to create vivid pictures in the reader's mind
describe action and dialogue vividly (in a story)
Ideas
Voice
Sentence
Fluency
Word
Choice
Organization
Only facts can be used.


Sources must get credit for all used material!
both
Both are an author's creative product.
Personal experience can inspire either.
Research can contribute to either.
Each can grow from inspiration or desperation.
Protagonist
Antagonist
Foil
Personality remains
scholarly and
objective depending on:
Purpose
Audience
Message
In both fiction and nonfiction,
(in both fiction and nonfiction)
Dramatic Structure
Dramatic structure leads a character
from his crisis through its resolution.
Essay structure leads the reader from the top to the bottom of a subject.
William Shakespeare
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Plagiarism:
(illegal) piracy, theft, stealing
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