Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Writing Rules to Avoid & 2017 Intentions — IWSG (37)

Happy New Years, Guys!!!

As this says:

. . . This year, I intend to get my crap together. Will I succeed? Stay tuned and find out, 'cause your guess is as good as mine :P 

Mainly, I have to figure out how to approach my plans for my two blogs. I've been busy with Writers After Dark and MIA on this one . . . but I'm still blogging, and that's a win, right? o_O Apart from that, I do have many things I'd like to get done this year, but I don't believe in listing things "I'll do" . . . I rather share the things "I did." So here's hoping I have several posts listing accomplishments. And if you're into listing them, what are your goals? (Do as I say, not as I do! lol)

If you need help setting your resolutions, 
here are some funny tips:

IWSG January Question: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?

In writing, there seem to be an infinite number of rules. Any direction you turn, you find different advice on how to be a better writer. Which all seem to focus on what you should and shouldn't do, rather than letting you fully embrace being creative. Or on learning how to break them if needed.

I feel that part of being a great writer is knowing when and how to break the rules . . . and there are several that bug me, but I'll stick to one right now as an example:

Never use adverbs 

I mean, really? NEVER?

Advising writers to cut all adverbs is like advising a string quartet to get rid of the cellist. I’m not sure about you, but I’m not a fan of shooting myself in the foot. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not in love with adverbs, but I’m not handicapping my writing willingly. 

Adverbs are an indispensable part of speech, and they aren’t just words that end in “-ly.” Other words like “tomorrow,” “sideways,” “fast” or any other word that modifies a verb’s time, place, or manner is an adverb. As far as the “-ly” ones, you can master the right way to use them with practice, but whenever you can cut them, please do. Saying, “She smiled happily” is redundant.

That being said, it does have its place. An adverb used in the right context can be seductively bewitching.

What about you? 
Any writing rule that gets under your skin?

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