|Several Things I Want to Say to New Writers
||[Sep. 4th, 2007|09:13 pm]
1. Always put a paragraph break between two people speaking.
2. You do not capitalize the first word when connecting dialogue with a sentence, such as: "blah, blah, blah," he said. In this case, 'he' should not be capitalized.
3. Pick a character and stick to him. Do not change your point of view in the middle of a scene.
4. Spell check.
5. Shorter and simpler is better. You do not need an adjective attached to every noun. Break up your sentences when possible. You do not need to use words like 'onyx' or 'raven' for effect. 'Black' is fine.
6. Choose a tense and stick to it. In most cases, this is past tense. Present tense can be interesting, but it tends to be harder to pull off well. Master the basics before you try to be the next Stephen King.
7. Your very first review will probably be along the lines of 'you suck.' I suggest you believe it. This is not a good reason to stop writing. If you pick up a pen and try to draw something for the first time, you will suck. This is the way art works.
You may break many of these rules after you have learned them, but they should be broken sparingly, and only with a sure and clear picture of their effect.
I just felt like posting this.
Note: Dear LJ, why do you not recognize 'dialogue' as a word?