Asked • 08/02/19

How can I transition from academic writing to fiction writing?

I always receive the same critique when I write fiction. The critique is good for my characters and plot, but I am told that my writing style is stiff, awkward and amateurish. When I wrote academic papers for university, I was often praised for my eloquence, but apparently that writing style does not work for fiction. What resources can I turn to, or what can I do in order to develop a strong writing style for fiction?When I posed this question to a handful of experts, I was told to read a lot of fiction. I read fiction rather obsessively, and I have done so ever since I was a child, so that does not appear to help.

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Jamea M. answered • 08/02/19

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