An extract from 'How Stories Really Work'...

Here's an extract from the book described as 'amazing', 'revolutionary' and 'incredible':

We’re going to assume a couple of things here:

1. That you have some kind of work of fiction either written or in your head and

2. That it involves something that you want a reader to experience.

Fiction, at its best, is a way of conveying something to a reader.

Perhaps you’ve never thought of it like that before. Most would-be writers haven’t -indeed, many actual writers haven’t. But it’s true to say that the best fiction out there has one thing in common: it successfully conveyed something to a reader. That 'something' might been joy, elation or a sense of victory; it might have been sadness, pity or a feeling of loss. Perhaps it was a sense of desperation or despair; perhaps it was laughter, relief or contentment. Or maybe it was a combination of many of these things and others, subtle or unsubtle.

Undeniably, though, all successful fiction conveys something. The least successful fiction is merely the ramblings of the author, and fails to connect to any reader or to bring about any transfer of knowledge, emotion or thought; the most successful fiction feels as though it is taking place in our own minds rather than that of an author whom we have never met; it connects with us on levels we didn’t know we had; and from it we gain insight, awareness and ideas that are hard to describe in any way other than through the story itself.

To put it another way:

A successful piece of fiction exactly matches needs in a reader, even if the reader wasn’t aware of the needs in the first place.

It has to match the needs before it can be called a success.

That might include a need for a whole range of vicarious experiences; it might be a need for communion with our fellow human beings, for emotions, for insights, for wonder, for sensations, for escapism or for confrontation or anything in-between. When the need is matched, the fiction is successful. What’s the difference between success and failure in fiction?

Successful fiction is written for readers; unsuccessful fiction is written for writers.

Get your copy now for only £10.00.

Join the Inner Circle Writers' Group on Facebook

The Inner Circle Writers' Group is all about fiction: what it is all about, how it works, helping you to write and publish it. You can keep up to date with live contributions from members, upload your own fiction, enter competitions and so on:
Tag Cloud

Current Submission Opportunities

There are presently no anthology submission calls, but please check back for future opportunities.

However, the Inner Circle Writers' Magazine is currently looking for submissions: short fiction, articles, artwork, news...

Download a pdf guide here:

Donate £10.00 today to support Clarendon House as an independent publisher!

Author, Poet, Artist, Mentor, Editor, Educator, Humorist, Entrepreneur


Hello, my name is Grant Hudson and what you will see on these pages is a reflection of who I am, my interests, and what I can do for you. 


I am a published author and poet, have over 5,000 items of merchandise available featuring my artwork, have edited and published many books, taught many people, made many more laugh (education and laughter go well together) and have delved into business on many levels.


Some of you will see yourselves or part of yourselves here.

Join the Inner Circle Writers'Group on Facebook
We use PayPal

© 2018 by Grant P. Hudson. Clarendon House Publications, 76 Coal Pit Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom S36 1AW Email:

Website by