Writers cling to rules. Perhaps it is because creative writing is such a slippery and chameleon undertaking that we like to believe there are some dependable guidelines that we can trust.

By eliminating the rules, creative writing grants the writer permission, with less fear, to fully express what he or she wants to say. And, if by writing in a way that feels comfortable and right then do it.

Most writers pursue realism, the magical effect that sparks disbelief as you sling your story. So, no matter how insane your story if it is even slightly probable then it can be made believable.

New Rules:

  • Show don’t tell: describe and give details, rather than just stating what happened. Be cautioned- this method can overload the prose, padding the book, where it would be better approached by telling.
  • Writing – being an author – is not an ‘either/or’ situation. Not only full-time professional writers  produce great work. A great deal of interesting writing comes from people who have chosen to write as well as doing other things.
  • Write what you know: this may be easier BUT it can be much more rewarding to write about what you are interested in. Be willing to invest time into research.
  • Using the passive voice: passive voice often obscures exactly what the character is doing and lacks action. Passive writing cannot adequately describe problematic situations.
  • Introduce interesting verbs but not in dialogue tags: Precise verbs are the only way when it is a case of ‘he said’ and ‘she said’. Creative verbs are desirable almost anywhere else in your writing. In dialogue, tags become distractions. The sole purpose of the ‘he saids’ and ‘she saids’ is simply as the rhythm master.

“Linda has published fifteen books. She blogs about the publishing world, posts useful tips on the challenges a writer faces, including marketing and promoting your work, how to build your online platform, how to get reviews and how to self-publish.”