Rules for writing

I spend a lot of time writing, but I don't spend nearly enough time developing a body of creative work that sings to potential readers.

So when I read these awesome rules for writing fiction, I immediately knew I had to share them. Not only are they whip-smart, they are also true. Like, down to your bone true. Read them, incorporate them, use them. That's what I'm doing.


  • CaneWife

    Thanks for sharing. These are great tips!

  • Cheryl

    Thanks for the link! I have to drill that "don't use a verb other than 'said'" rule into my head. As a teacher, I always did the whole "said is dead" lesson, so it has creeped into my own writing.

  • Kelly Miller

    @Cheryl - A heft portion of my writing is done through interviews. If I used "said" every time, my editor would tell me to re-word most of them. We use adds, notes, concludes, claims, etc.

    I think it's okay in that context, but definitely agree "said" is the least leading word in creative writing.

  • Unknown

    I have to go read them. I haven't written anything meaty in a while!
    PS LOVE your little pictures on the side under meet the mix! How cute are those sweet faces : )

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