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Three Rules for Writing a Novel

Postby Writing Skills » Fri Jun 12, 2015 4:41 pm

Rule 1
What's Happening?

Rule 2
Where Am I?

Rule 3
Who Am I?

I don't write much fiction. Are these three rules sufficient?

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Re: Three Rules for Writing a Novel

Postby roda havet » Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:17 pm

I'm not sure if I would sufficient but those are some good questions to sure to answer when writing a novel. But you also need to know how you want your plot to go. For myself I don't really use any true questions I just sit down and start writing but for some it helps to a structure. I hope that helps. :)
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Re: Three Rules for Writing a Novel

Postby pls » Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:35 am

The first rule should be "Seat butt in chair; access keyboard (or blank sheet of paper and your choice of writing instruments). You'd be surprised at how many people dither on just getting started or choosing a character's name or …
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Re: Three Rules for Writing a Novel

Postby DrG2 » Sat Jun 20, 2015 1:35 am

one rule: don't be boring.

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Re: Three Rules for Writing a Novel

Postby westwesterm » Fri Oct 09, 2015 3:30 am

I guess, there's only one rule you should follow - keep it real and interesting. Nobody's going to believe in your story if you use some artificial phrases or make your characters too stereotypical

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Re: Three Rules for Writing a Novel

Postby ShortyMe » Sun May 08, 2016 6:47 pm

My own three rules for writing given all of life's "little" complications over the years: (1) read; (2) write; (3) repeat -the first two...lol

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Re: Three Rules for Writing a Novel

Postby Loren Killdeer » Wed May 11, 2016 8:08 am

“Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
― Mark Twain



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Re: Three Rules for Writing a Novel

Postby pls » Wed May 11, 2016 9:45 am

Two of the most famous quotes for coming up with story ideas in the s/f genre: "What if?" and "If this goes on …". They can be used to generate a story idea before you navigate your butt to the appropriate chair.
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