Stupid Writing Rules

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In seeking content for this blog, I started looking at what others have suggested for writers … and this weird mocking voice started in my head. Some of these “rules” are … uh, comical because they’re the exact opposite of what professionals consider to be good writing. Just because a writer has a particular bad habit that they don’t want to give up doesn’t mean they should advise others to copy them.

One blog suggested not to start a story with a dark or scary beginning. “You should begin with the hero at home in a lovely bucolic setting before you douse them in tension or tragedy.”

Think Dorothy in Kansas before the tornado changes her reality or Bilbo at Bags End before the dwarfs show up. Both of those books were written more than 50 years ago, before the advent of Amazon’s preview feature.

You might have noticed, if…

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