I have been teaching some creative writing sessions recently. The writers in the group are great; they have some wonderful ideas. Their WIPs (works-in-progress) are varied, from reality-based domestic dramas to high fantasy. It’s great to see.
The majority of what I’m teaching comes from my book, How To Write a Novel in 6 Months. But of course, I’ve learned some new things about writing since I published the book. I think about writing a lot, because that’s what I do.
One of the things I’ve become more convinced about is that there are no RULES to writing—but there are PRINCIPLES.
However, I have U-turned slightly…
I have come to the conclusion, now, that there are TWO rules. They are axioms, I think; fixed and never-changing. Everyone who sits down to write a novel or story, play or screenplay, must stick to them.
The 2 rules are:
1. Finish it: your book, your play; get to THE END. 2. Don’t bore the reader: make them WANT to turn the page or stay in their seats.
That’s it. Your starting points when you begin writing: these 2 rules.
Do you agree? Anyone have other rules? Or maybe you don’t think these are important. Let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.
So with Christmas coming, and New Year goals looming, maybe some of you intend to write a novel. If that’s the plan, the above two rules are really the only things you need to be thinking about.
Have lots of festive fun, I hope 2022 is creative and bountiful for you all.
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