Rules of the road…
writer has their own style and what works well for one author may
not necessarily help another. I can only speak for myself in this
regard but here are a few rules that I apply to my own writing.
- The Hanna-Barberra
Rule: The people who researched the audience for the Saturday
morning cartoon shows found that it was much easier to hold the
attention of the viewers if there was a loud noise or some sort
of furious action every five minutes or so. I review my manuscript
from time to time and make sure that no more than four or five
pages go by between action scenes. Gotta keep em’ awake,
- The Lone Ranger
Rule: In all of his years on radio and television, the Lone Ranger
brought countless criminals to justice but he never once killed
anybody. In order to keep my main characters unburdened, I have
decide that, although they are surrounded by killers and death,
they will never actually kill anybody. That’s not to say
that the bad guy isn’t gonna die, it just won’t be
any of my good guys that kill ‘em.
- The Noah Webster
Rule: Nobody’s gonna need a dictionary sitting in front
of them on the coffee table when they read my books. Dontcha hate
it when you always gotta look up words so you know what you’ve
- The Jack Webb Rule:
Short choppy sentences. Quick answers. Keeps the dialogue lively.
- The Cecil B. DeMille
Rule: Change scenes often. Keeps the story fresh and adds a little
something to look forward to. Where are we going next?
- The Charles Atlas
Rule: This is something I’m still trying out. Write the
whole story from beginning to end in a skeletal form and then
add the muscle later. It’s a little like trimming your Christmas
tree. You can put on a few lights and ornaments and then step
back and look to see where things need a little shoring up or
filling in. Seems to me that you can get the muscle in all the
right places that way.
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