Today I present a list of some of those bogus writing rules that more often than not end up thwarting the development of beginner writers. Rules will be rules Rules are unbreakable... Sure, like the one about the split infinitive. The truth is you can happily split as many infinitives as you wish, provided the meaning of what you write is clear. By the same token, if you know what you're doing and why, you can break, vanquish, pulverize as many rules as you want. Rules are useless rubbish. Well… Ever tried to drive on the wrong side of the road? Maybe at night, with your lights off … [Read more...] about Important Rules for Writing — Or Not?
When it comes to character building, while you can follow hundred of rules to make your characters as believable and compelling as possible, you can still miss the mark. The reason is simple. In fact, if you stitch together all those rules without first understanding the reasons behind them, you're bound to end up with a sort of Frankenstein's monster -- that's to say a cluster of features that don't work together like an organic whole, but interfere with one another and engender confusion in your readers. Real life tragedy For example, think of school shootings. If you examine the … [Read more...] about Developing Characters in Fiction — The Most Important Element
It's normal. It's human and perfectly understandable. When we write, we strive to come up with prose that is fresh and memorable. Prose that, while easy to read, is also as incisive and sharp as a lion's claws. I read rules, and even stared at diagrams, about how to ignite my writing with the so called wow factor. But it didn't take me long to reach the conclusion they're just a heap of useless junk. In fact, the wow factor isn't something we can magically inflate our writing with. The wow factor, as everything in writing and life as well, is a property of writing that, most often, … [Read more...] about About the Wow Factor in Creative Writing
Often when starting out in a new activity we risk wasting a lot of time just to get our bearings and understand what things we should pay particular attention to. I hope this brief list can help you save time and be more efficient from the get go. Rules and Principles The difference between a rule and a principle is that a principle can apply to many different situations. Instead, the scope of a rule is often a lot more restricted. Think about the law of impenetrability, which states that two bodies can never occupy the same place at the same time. Once you … [Read more...] about Six Crucial Differences Aspiring Writers Should Be Aware of
Remember! You need a character arc to make your novel as interesting and compelling as possible... When someone tells you that-- maybe even raising their forefinger in a doctoral manner, or waving it about like the baton of a musical director-- the best thing you can do is put a safe distance between the above mentioned nagging smart aleck and yourself. You should steer clear of such people for two reasons. First of all, it's never healthy to be near any of such self-appointed experts. They rarely if ever offer guidelines. Instead, they dictate rules with fundamentalist zeal -- … [Read more...] about Character Arc – What Is It? And… Do You Really Need It?