It’s been a while (a few months, in fact) since I first wrote about my personal rules for writing fiction. Since then I’ve added to the list, and I thought it might be a good idea to share with all of you. Without any further ado, here they are:
- There should be an easily discernable main plot. As a reader, it bothers me when I can’t figure out which of three different conflicts I’m supposed to care about. Especially when they hardly seem connected.
- Dialogue moves stories forward. The overwhelming majority of conflicts in fiction are interpersonal, so of course the main way they progress is through interactions between people.
- Focus on the story. If a story is good readers will forgive stylistic problems, but if it’s bad the best writing in the world won’t save you. In the end, readers read because they want a story to take them…
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