The Rules of ‘Riting

Every time I teach An Introduction to Creative Writing, I ask the students to turn to the “rules of writing” in their manual and pick the three rules they think are most important. Many say, “Writers Write”  — that’s important. Others rightly point out, “Show, don’t tell.”

While people are deciding, I try to find the overlooked rules and comment on them. A few of the overlooked rules are:

  • Don’t overuse the verb “to be” (is) (was).
  • Use short paragraphs, short sentences.

I really should be thinking about rules that I need to study, such as:

  • Show, don’t tell.
  • Use all your senses in describing.
  • Use metaphors and similes
  • And a few thousand other rules.

And, of course, there is that rule above all others ,,,Break the Rules just know which rule you’re breaking and why you’re doing it.

 

Graphics courtesy of:

  • Faithwriters.com
  • seattlewrote.blogspot.com
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