Reposted with permission from Write Well, Write to Sell
We often hear the term “suspension of disbelief” applied to fiction, but what does that really mean? By its definition, fiction is not fact, and some writers think that gives them complete freedom to write whatever they want, especially when writing fantasy and science fiction–which is where novice writers, and some not-so-novice writers, can run into trouble.
The closer the writer gets to the real world, the more careful he/she needs to be. And I’m not talking only setting details. Characters–and their names–have to be believable for their setting.
As writers, we’ve all heard that you need conflict in fiction. An often heard statement in writing workshops is that “Without conflict there is no story.” In a future blog, I’ll be talking about the difference between a story, an anecdote, and an essay, but one requirement of a story is CONFLICT.
by Sue Babcock
Although the information in this article is specifically for the four Silver Pen magazines, it can be useful for submitting your writing anywhere. Not all magazine use the Submittable online submission site, so the process of actually uploading or sending your work to different magazine will vary. The primary point is to read AND FOLLOW the submission guidelines and instructions carefully.