Things I Try To Remember

When writing fiction:

  • Every scene needs to move the plot forward, needs to accomplish something
  • Every scene page needs tension
  • Don't be passive! Make things happen to your main character, not through a third party
  • Ask yourself if this could be dramatized
  • Be lenient with adverbs (she admonished, gravely)
  • "Substitute the word 'damn' every time you are inclined to write 'very'; your editor will delete it and your writing will be as it should." - Mark Twain
  • When writing an action scene, don't slow it down with descriptions
These are just a few things I keep in mind when writing. I'm sure there's more, but these are probably my most important.
Do you have any little rules you try to write by?

6 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Great list!

Mine include:
* be true to your character.
* make your characters believable.

I break out in hives when I write -ly adverbs. Perfect for keeping them in check.

Tom M Franklin said...

Leave it to Twain to make things clear.


-- Tom

L.J. Boldyrev said...

Lol, Stina! I imagine that would be pretty effective.

Tom, I love Twain. I have Twain Quotes on my cellphone.

Angela Ackerman said...

I love the 'damn' one! I'll have to do a search replace to see how many I actually use!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Nicole Zoltack said...

That's too funny about damn. LOL

L.J. Boldyrev said...

Nicole, I love that quote. I used it just today. I was about to write the word "very" but I deleted it. Lol!

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