It’s real. The rules of fiction writing are not for the faint of the heart. Just like any other hard-earned crafts, it comes with rules. Some of these were tips from renowned authors who have worked in the field for a long time.
- Don’t start your first few lines with the weather. If describing the atmosphere of your story doesn’t a connection with the character’s reaction, then it isn’t really necessary. Unless if you’re writing about a story whose theme would be best contributed with a weather update on the first few lines.
- Get rid of prologues that has nothing to do with the main story. Prologues that are too long, or even the ones that are seemingly a massive information dump that doesn’t develop anything in your story. Prologues are crucial. Readers tend to skim over once they find it dragging or boring.
- Avoid using an adverb to modify or embellish the word ‘said’. It is a mortal sin in writing. It will make you sound like a timid writer trying to have an easy way out in describing how emotions are portrayed in dialogues.
Incorrect: Put it down! She shouted menacingly.
Correct: Put it down! She shouted.
- Don’t overdo exclamation points. If your dialogue expresses strong or exclamatory remarks, then there’s no redundancy required. Keep in mind, you’re only allowed not beyond two or three per 100,000 words.
- Avoid detailed descriptions over characters, places or things. Be concise while you employ some substance and interest to the character or event being described. Overdoing descriptions doesn’t always best define or get your point across. It promotes a dull and boring atmosphere.
- Find out which parts readers tend to skip. Leave it out and work more on the portion where they will are more potentially enticed and focused.
- Make mistakes. Fail a lot. Failure comes with experience and experience comes with learning. If you think you’re doing fine and have not encountered much of a problem, that’s because you haven’t come out from your shell yet.
- Beware of clichés. Avoid them as much as possible. Be the writer where readers can recognize you because of your originality that no other author or great minds have ever thought of.
- Write every day even if you don’t feel like it. It’s good to make writing a habit if you’re determined in finishing a good book or even a series. You can always make or do some modifications if your writings were bad.
Writing may come with stern rules that can potentially prevent your writer personality to naturally flow, when this happens, get back to the seventh tip. M.E. Castanares and her fictional masterpiece Ellie’s Journal is a recount of the remarkable writing journey you can learn from.