Friday, June 10, 2016

The Rules of Writing

Over time I've written several posts on the "rules" of writing, examining the various tips and ideas that people suggest on how to be a better writer and what to avoid.  As with all crafts, the rules are more to help beginning authors hone their craft and learn how to avoid pitfalls than absolutes, but they can be both useful and hindering for authors.
Some rules are just modern preferences or the ideas of individual editors.  Others are excellent tips on how to best craft your work to be readable and consistent.  As time goes on, I hope to cover all of these.  This post is a compilation of previous rules posts, and will be expanded as I add to them.

The Rules, an overview
The Information Dump
Don't Preach
Immersing your Readers
Write What You Know
Write Like A Reader
Read Like A Writer
Skip the Slow Parts
Show, Don't Tell