Realistic fiction with imaginary characters and situations that depict our world and society. It focuses on themes of growing up and confronting personal and social problems.

Also referred to as literary fiction, these works are written with a broader audience in mind therefore it must be written in a compelling and relatable way. This includes reality-based stories, strong characters and a believable story. Settings usually keep to the modern era. Futuristic and science fiction novels are rarely included in this category.

Generally defined as literature written after World War II through the current day. There is not a clear-cut explanation of this concept and not a clear definition. Although there is some disagreement, most agree that contemporary literature is writing completed after 1940. Typical characteristics of the contemporary period include reality-based stories with strong characters and a believable story.

Since am no longer of middle age, I feel that I can write about any period from the 1950s to today; creating modern fiction. After finishing my first novel about the unsettled state of the world, I began my second, which focuses on the dynamics of dysfunctional families. I now find that I have created a myriad of books that contain controversial social issues.

Shaping your novel:

  • select a social issue
  • research for factual accuracy
  • create believable characters and protagonists
  • blend the personal with the political
  • if possible weave your own experiences into your fiction
  • create a world that will enhance readers’ empathy

A new reality blossomed in the post-war mind, and it included a personal cynicism, disillusionment, and frustration that is common to this literary period.

It is alive right now,

living in an effervescence of originality.


Unleash the novel inside you

with compelling characters,

intricate worlds,

and fine-tuned prose.

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