29 March 2011

Rules of Writing

Everyone has their favorite writing rules, but nothing is quite like taking a look at a well known author's to see what makes the list from different sources.

A quick Google search turned up these four:
  1. Janet Fitch
  2. Elmore Leonard
  3. Jonathan Franzen
  4. George Orwell

I think my favorites are as follows:
  • Torture your protagonist. (Janet Fitch)
  • Keep your exclamation points under control. (Elmore Leonard)
  • It’s doubtful that anyone with an internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction. (Jonathan Franzen)
  • Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous. (George Orwell)

What is your favorite writing rule?

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