Sunday, August 12
Rules I Hate!
There aren’t that many rules I dislike, really. Once you show me the reason for a rule, show how it’s one that keeps others from harm, improves lives, makes people laugh, and creates overall improvement, I’m your girl. I’ll not only follow that rule, I’ll encourage others to as well. Oh, crap, maybe there are a lot of rules I hate, so I’ll stick to the writing ones. Here’s my list—we’ve gotten very listy over here on the Wranglers, haven’t we?
1. POV. One per scene. No head-hopping. Okay, I can see where there shouldn’t be a half dozen in a scene and that we don’t need to see what every single character in the story is thinking, but I think multiple POVs add interest to a story.
2. Limit modifiers. But I like them! I like the color that can be added by using modifiers instead of creative nouns and verbs. My editor found where I’d used three –ly words in one sentence and was a little insistent that I change something. I did. But I liked the original. Sniff.
3. Heroes and heroines in romantic fiction are pre-middle-age. How come?
How about you? What writing rules would you like to see broken?