25 Skills Every Fiction Writer Should Know

10 min readMar 20, 2023
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If you want to be a good fiction writer and tell interesting stories, you need to practice and learn new things. These are the 25 important skills you should try to get better at and some resources to help you start.

No obvious stuff like teamwork and good communication.

No, these are the big skills you have to continually hone. The powers you’ll need to master so you can survive and succeed as a fiction writer.

I’ll give you a short overview of each skill and then explain its importance before linking resources.

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1. Character Creation


The process of creating the characters for your story. Writing profiles for your main and side characters. The creation of your heroes and villains.

Creating their motivations, goals, fears, and even physical descriptions. All of it goes into creating a character. When you deliver this info to the audience, it’s called characterization.


Characters are the driving forces of your plot. They make the decisions that drive the story and they must…




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