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Entries in writing rules (2)
Growing up, I was a girl who (except for the occasional rebellious moment) followed the rules. I wanted my parents, family, and teachers to be proud of me. I did what I was supposed to, got the As, and developed a bit of a perfectionistic personality. In many ways, this was a good thing. On the other hand, worrying about perfection is a bit maddening because of course it can never be achieved.
- Adverbs are the devil incarnate. They will steal the soul of your verbs.
- Excessive adjectives are like white shoes after Labor Day.
- Prologues can be a crutch (though, can also be done well.)
- Non-said dialogue tags (he growled, she shouted, he bellowed) are like big, fat "I'm a new writer" billboards in your manuscript
- The being verbs are the ugly stepchildren of the verb family
- You want verbs that go to the gym--nice and strong.
- Rhetorical questions in query letters make agents burn your letter in a weekly bonfire.
- Backstory should be slipped in like roofies into a drink--your reader didn't even notice it happened.
- Present Participial phrases are generally bad. (This one is a new discovery for me. Editortorent has a whole series on PPPs alone.)
- Hidden/Buried Dialogue is not preferred and slows down your pacing. (This one is also new to me. My handy dandy critique group gave me a lesson on this one recently. Apparently, dialogue passages need to be in one of the following structures:
- dialogue -->narrative-->dialogue