The rules.

I haven’t checked into The Elegant Variation in a couple of days and found a fantastic post about the rules of writing fiction. Mark Sarvas references a list of rules by Elmore Leonard that he has hated since 2001 as well as a new list of rules curated by the Guardian.

Here are some highlights:

Stupid rule: Avoid prologues.

Good rule: Prayer might work. (Margaret Atwood)

Stupid rule: Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

Good rule: Editing is everything. (Esther Freud)

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