Quote of the Day:
There are three rules for writing the novel.
Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
~ W. Somerset Maugham
It's Blog Chain time! Our wonderful Bonny posted before me and Shaun is up next, so be sure to swing by his blog tomorrow!
Our topic for this round was chosen by Kate. She wanted to know:
What writing rules/advice - whether it was a matter of cannot or will not - have you broken?
Well, as most of the other members have stated, I've broken pretty much all of them at one point and time. Some purposely, others totally by accident.
I too am a fan of adverbs and adjectives, and I love a good prologue now and then. I start other projects before finishing the one I'm working on. I write different genres. I occasionally use long, complex sentences. Or short, fragmented sentences. And one word sentences or paragraphs. I even sometimes mix my tenses, tossing in a present tense line in a past tense book.
One rule I have a hard time breaking is the whole proper grammar thing. I'm an English major. Going through school, I used bad grammar at my peril.
But....when writing novels, especially YAs where you have a bunch of teenagers talking, you just can't stick to the grammar rules and have it come out sounding normal.
For instance, my crit buddies recently ran across a line of mine that I'm sure still has them rolling in the aisles. It read:
I peeked at him again. He looked like Ronan, sort of. Maybe like Ronan’s cuter older brother - if he had one. I hoped it wasn’t he.
Yes, I actually wrote the words "I hoped it wasn't he" coming out of a teenager's mouth. I knew it sounded horribly wrong, but it was grammatically correct! What's a girl to do???
I'll tell you what she should do - she should break the rules!!
Well, in all honesty, I try not to break most of them but sometimes they need to be at least bent, if not shattered.
Maybe it would be easier to pick a rule I DON'T break :D There is one rule I absolutely stick to no matter what. The POV rule. I'm a stickler for it. Mostly because when I wrote my first book, I was horrible (with a capital H) with this rule. I once had a paragraph, ONE PARAGRAPH, with FOUR POVS going on. Yeah. I was bad.
So now, I make very sure my POVs are straight - no head hopping allowed!! :D
How about you? Are there rules that you just love to break? Rules you are careful never to break?