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?


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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