Ah, another year, another twelve months of insecurity. Some things never go away. But today, there should be at least ten writers that have something to cheer. So a big congratulations to those selected for the IWSG fantasy anthology! Big huzzahs also to our host, Alex J. Cavanaugh and co-hosts toiling along with him: Eva @ Lillicasplace, Crystal Collier, Sheena-kay Graham, Chemist Ken, LG Keltner, and Heather Gardner!
This month we have a jolly good question to ponder: What writing rule do you wish you'd never heard? Oh, buddy, I can not pick just one. Here's a countdown of my top three:
3. Dialogue tags. The rule is to use "he said", "she said", and maybe, in a pinch, "asked". Your characters may not hiss, growl, yelp, murmur, or vomit--at least, not in the dialogue tag. And for great goodness sake, do not sneak in any adverbs. We don't need to know that your character moaned incessantly.
"I follow this rule under great duress!" shouted the frustrated author.
Image: Szoki Adams
2. Prologues. These are usually
great, stinking dung heaps of info very bad things authors should avoid like the plague just as no decent author would ever, EVER use the word "very" (or any other crassly-placed adverb).
My current novel has a prologue and I love it. So there.
1. Word counts. I can not express how much I hate those two words when put together. They are a corset squeezing the life out of my rotund, verbose literary universes.
Image: Mauricio Ulloa
I once read that a debut author really has no chance of publishing anything 100K or over. That is clearly false, because we all know the reality. A debut author really has no chance of publishing.
Now I must inquire, are there any writing rules that you like?