Thursday, 25 February 2010

WAX ON, WAX OFF

Some tips on writing here from them what do it well.

I would follow some, ignore others. You’ll have to work out which.

4 comments:

auntagnes said...

Thanks for the link, Tom. Made me remember why I like Atwood so much (Tip 6)

Anna-Marie said...

Phew! I'm glad someone agrees with me that finding 10000 synonyms for the word said is unreasonable, and in the majority of cases "said" works perfectly well. I always feel a bit annoyed when I see my children's homework has a big red circle around all the "said"s. As far as the rest, I'm a bit disappointed. I'm interested in the weather, and I like to read about it! And what's the problem with exclamation marks!!!!!! If we are not to mention the weather or go into detail about characters, places or things, not use dialect, adverbs or cliches - my word, what a lot of identical, stilted dross will be produced!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think it's telling how many of the rules are tempered with an example of a great work by an author that flouted that rule.
I'd like to add another rule which I believe overrides all other rules. It's rule number infinity: There are no rules (said in that voice that reads voiceovers for American action movie trailers) .

Anna-Marie said...

Note to self: don't criticise something until you've read it all. I just realized I only read Elmore Leonard's contribution. Some of the others have some good tips - take 2 pencils on an aeroplane - can't argue with that.

dirtywhitecandy said...

What I love is how many of them directly contradict each other. Which shows the long and indivdual journies each of us go through to become writers.