Thursday, March 24, 2011
Stupid Writing Rules
From the ever opinionated E.C. Stacy
Hopefully, I’ve gotten your attention before it’s too late…because once you’ve been infected, there’s no turning back. You will ultimately waste a lot of time using misconceptions in your work that you wanted to get published within two years and now it will take you eight to ten. In fact, no kidding here, the average time it takes an author to get published is ten years with the big players.
So sharpen your learning curve.
When I so happen to post over the next few weeks, I’ll be sticking with this series. I’ll be crumpling up the misguided rules that can bog you down in the proverbial writer's swamp and pitching them in the trash. If you’ve been writing for a while—we’ll say for grins, over five years—chances are you’ve already found your way out of the mud, but hopefully you’ll read for a laugh, and or to add a comment to help new talent.
I should point out that all of these rules that I’m going to bust DO have underlying respectable truths. But they’ve been distorted for a variety of reasons. Look at it like the gossip game you probably played in grade school. A teacher whispers something to the first student. Then 1st student whispers the message to the next person in line. This goes on to the last kid in the group and he or she belts out the transmission…which is always completely wrong. Did some kids mishear or misunderstand it? Did the trickster change it all together for a laugh? Who knows?
Next we’ll start with DUN DUN dun….Show Don’t Tell. I groan even as I write it.