The Writing Rulebook Part 1
I’m sure someone must already have put out a writing app that allows you to access writing advice, but if they haven’t, I’ve been gathering writing tips from all over the place, and plan to put a few up here. I ran some at the end of ‘Paperboy’, so let’s start with some amendments to those.
Kenneth Tynan’s Rule of Writing:
You don’t need to know why people fall in love. You just need to know that they do.
Stephen Sondheim’s Rules of Writing:
Less Is More
Content Dictates Form
God Is In The Details
Jonathan Lynn’s Writing Rules:
Every character has a spine that never changes.
Give the audience the pieces but not the whole.
Start with the ending.
Story is anticipation plus uncertainty.
Comedians don’t get laughs when you can’t see their feet.
George Abbott’s Golden Writing Rule:
All Stories Are Cinderella.
My Writing Rules:
Fiction means making stuff up.
Don’t worry about embarrassing yourself.
Ask yourself what your hero really wants.
Be prepared to think the unthinkable.
When a story can’t go further, go further.
Crisis moments are better when they’re completely still.
Adventures often happen because the hero is slow to correct a mistake.
Everyone has the same feelings; they just think differently.
Leave room for your characters to breathe.
You have to love something about your hero.
Always keep the story moving forward.
Characters who contradict themselves are more human.
Dialogue is not conversation.
It’s better to do than to describe.
Life is a mess to which fiction brings a shape, which is why it’s called fiction.
There’s a difference between being realistic and being believable.
Make sure that something always remains hidden.
What your hero thinks he wants might be different from what he needs.
No matter how deeply hidden, there will always be love.
Argue among yourselves, there’ll be more tomorrow.