1. Don’t be afraid to try something new and step out of your comfort zone.
2. Don’t let the fear of rejection stop you.
3. Don’t have characters with similar names.
4. Don’t start too many paragraphs with the same word. (Oops!)
5. Limit the use of adverbs and adjectives.
6. Avoid the “was verbing” style of writing. (Say “he sat” instead of “he was sitting.”)
7. Don’t write a scene like a shopping list.
8. Watch out for too many “he said”s and “she said”‘s.
9. But on the other side, keep your dialogue tags simple.
10. Show, don’t tell. (Yes, it’s a cliché, but still an important idea to remember.
And that’s pretty much the ten rules of writing I live by. I hope you either follow these, or even better, come up with your own, better list. And if you do, feel free to post it in the comments section.
Have a great one and we’ll be back Friday with a new 5 Links.