Fiction Writing from A to Z

Do you know your fiction writing ABCs? Fiction Writing from A to Z


Reminders about our craft make our imaginations burst into creative mode. From A to Z, we find sources of inspiration to keep us writing. I’ve chosen the first word that entered my mind for each letter as a means to keep my imagination in full gear.


A – Adventure

Penning our stories is an exciting journey for the writer and the reader.


B – Bestseller

We all want to have “bestseller” after our name, so now is the time to commit to learning as a lifelong project.


C – Character

All great fiction includes superbly crafted personalities. Without these lifelike people, our stories fall flat.


D – Dialogue

Readers are excited to read what our characters have to say and how they say it. This includes body language and gestures.


E – Edit

An award-winning story needs rounds of editing to ensure the writer’s best is presented to the world.


F – Foreshadow

How a writer hints of what’s to come is a talent, one that great stories incorporate for success.


G – Genre

A writer determines a particular literary category for two reasons: to brand the writer’s style and to meet the reader’s expectations for the story’s contents.


H – Habit

Writers develop their routines according to their personality and methods of approaching life.


I – Inspiration

We all need to feel the urge to create a stellar writing project.


J – Jump-Start

Establish different ways to energize your writing day.


K – Keep

Writers must back up their projects regularly to avoid loss.


L – Love

If a writer doesn’t have passion for a story, neither will the reader.


M – Magical

We strive to make our stories enchanting and incredible, no matter the genre.


N – Narrative

The narrative of our stories is written to bridge time by giving valuable information in a concise and engaging manner through sensory perception.


O – Organic

Many writers choose to write organically by allowing the essential parts of the story to rise out of character, thus eliminating an outline.


P – Plot

This is a novel’s storyline, the main events of a fiction work.


Q – Quirky

We writers hold this as a description of ourselves, and we’re proud of it.


R – Romance

Writers never forget the majority of book buyers are women who enjoy a thread of love and affection.


S – Setting

Bestselling writers establish settings that are antagonistic. A scene’s environment may look charming and alluring, but it has a deceptive motive.


T – Theme

The one idea that relates to the character’s life and appears subtly throughout a story.


U – Unique

Each story contains a one-of-a-kind happening or concept that is distinct and remarkable.

V – Viewpoint

Writers choose two considerations for point of view: 1) First, second, or third person or a variation and 2) Who is the point-of-view character in a particular scene? Which character has the most to lose?

W – Wrench

Writers toss an unexpected event or change into each scene to raise the stakes for the point-of-view character.


X – X-Factor

Writers long for the significant, noteworthy quality about their writing style. This drive keeps them involved in the whole writing process.


Y – You

A writer’s voice determines the you feature in a story. Only you can do the work involved. Only you can string words together in a special fashion that sends a reader on a magic carpet ride.

DiAnn Mills

Z – Zany

Writers are known for their idiosyncratic manner of experiencing life. Humor is one of our remarkable traits. Use it. Embrace it.


Fiction writing from A to Z. Other defining attributes of writing came to mind while writing this. What are some of yours?



About the Author


DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne du Maurier, Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and Carol Award contests. Firewall, the first book in her Houston: FBI series, was listed by Library Journal as one of the best Christian fiction books of 2014. Connect with DiAnn at

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