TWCT Blog Chain: Written Well…and Written Not So Well

Today I’m participating in the TWCT montly blog chain, hosted by Teens Can Write, Too! This month’s prompt is: “What is something you feel is generally written well in fiction? What is something you feel is generally written poorly?”

I think something that is generally written well in fiction is a multi-dimensional protagonist. Since writers are people, they of course know the feelings that go through the minds of people. The know that at any moment, there can be a full range of conflicting thoughts in one’s mind. Most authors understand different emotions that can be felt in reaction to certain circumstances and are able to draw off of their experiences to infuse these emotions into their writing.

Additionally, every human being has both positive traits and flaws. Including writers, even if they may seem more like secret superheroes with super powers than normal people. Oftentimes, writers draw from this fact of life and create their characters so that they have both flaws and positive traits. Doing this brings the characters to life. And because characters are often a reflection of all the experiences of a writer, who is a human just like the readers, readers can see themselves in the characters. They connect with these characters and grow to love them.

One thing that is generally written poorly in fiction are unusual experiences such as trudging through the Amazon or living the life of a monkey or being Loki. Sure, there’s research that a writer can do to try to recreate the experience as best as possible, but ultimately, they won’t be able to completely recreate the true emotions that someone would feel if they lived through an unusual experience. Readers usually don’t discern this, but they might, and that might end up detracting from the overall experience of reading the book.

What do you think is generally written well or generally written poorly in fiction?

Now you can go check out the other blogs participating in the chain. Go! Go!



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16 thoughts on “TWCT Blog Chain: Written Well…and Written Not So Well

    1. It is very difficult to perfectly blend research and imagination without making little mistakes that make what you’re describing slightly inaccurate. There are some readers that are so nitpicky that they will find every little mistake, whether or not it truly makes a difference in the story, and that is so frustrating (especially if the book is already published).


  1. You put forward a great argument, Ana! I definitely agree that well-built protagonists are huge in fiction. Actually, I think all of my favorites are my favorites because they contain the best, most developed heroes, flaws and all. Thanks for sharing:)

    Claire @ Cover to Cover


  2. I can definitely say that I’m picking up on traits and flaws in my reading and writing, which is awesome and great and I enjoy it, immensely, because no one likes a perfect person, usually. I think unusual experiences, though, are not always incriminating offenses—I mean, there are a few life-threatening situations I do not blame authors for losing the touch of, just because I would not put myself in that kind of danger, either.

    Excellent post, though!

    Also, I have tagged you for your pleasure and delight, should you decide to participate:


    1. I agree; readers love characters that have admirable qualities, but at the same time, are flawed just like everybody else. I don’t think imperfections in describing unusual experiences is that offensive because I understand how difficult it is to write realistically. However, there are some readers out there that really like to nitpick and pull out little imperfections that probably don’t matter much to the story anyway.


  3. Mmm, yes, fiction does have many excellent and well-developed characters. And you’re right with unusual experiences – after all, readers have to make inferences on their own for a truly brilliant story, so it’s hard to write emotions that most of the population haven’t experienced. I’ve found that many books in similar categories and genres use similar tropes and don’t really differ that much in some aspects.


  4. Interesting! I hear you on the fact that really unusual circumstances aren’t often done well. I’ve noticed that sometimes, too. While research can help, in general I find that authors either over or under compensate in terms of capturing the character’s emotional reaction to the situation. It certainly isn’t easy to do, so when I feel like an author handles a weird situation REALLY well, it’s an awesome surprise. 🙂


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