Writing fiction: 10 Rules

The Guardian again drops a page of great interest. Some great advice from some successful authors. They share with us their 10 rules of writing fiction. First up: Elmore Leonard. His rules include:

  1. Never open a book with weather.
  2. Avoid prologues.
  3. Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue.
  4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said”.
  5. Keep your exclamation points ­under control.
  6. Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose”.
  7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
  8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
  9. Don’t go into great detail describing places and things.
  10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

And many more “10’s” from other Authors.

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