Monthly Archives: February 2018

1st Law of Writing

The Most Important Rule of Writing?

Above the pearly gates in Writer’s Purgatory…

…there is a question painted gold, floating letters:

“What is the Most Important Rule of Writing?”

Ahead, a vaguely androgynous guardian stood over a marble lectern, scribbling in a book with gold-leafed pages.

When she saw me, a deep frown creased her otherwise flawless face.

She asked, “Do you have your answer?”

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How to (Actually) Cure Writer’s Block

“…There is no such thing as Writer’s block…”

At least, that’s what I keep hearing.

“It’s a lie. It’s an excuse. It doesn’t exist.”

Wrong.

Writer’s Block is real. Every writer ever has faced it.

But – there is a serious problem with calling it “Writer’s Block.”

Let me show you…

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No Rules in Writing

Why There Are No “Rules” in Writing

My favorite writers are rebels.

Most of them know the rules of writing… and break them anyway.

Look at these examples:

  • Isaac Asimov thrived on “info dumps”
    • Info dumps are supposed to be boring.
  • The Hunger Games starts with Katniss’s wake-up routine.
    • Don’t start with the wake-up. This is amateur writing 101!
  • Harry Potter doesn’t have a consistent point of view
    • Mr. Dursley takes up the first chapter… and we never get his POV again.

But all of them are breakout best sellers.

Which can only mean one thing…

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