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.
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