Unfortunately, the Universe decided to give me strep throat. Thanks a lot Universe! Now you owe me! Ha! Talk about backfiring! All you have to do is get me all published and stuff and we'll call it square. Okay? *crickets chirping*
Because I'd rather be doing anything than thinking at the moment, I've decided to revisit an old post from early last year.
If you've seen it before: WOW! You've been actively following me for a year! I love you guys!
If you haven't: Miss Snark's fab and you should totally check out the following.
I have undertaken a momentous task. I've determined to start at Miss Snark's beginning and read through to the end. I have to say that I already wish I started writing a few years earlier so I could have been a follower of her blog when Her Great Snarkiness was still active.
But as I can't turn back time (yet! Doc Brown, I'll meet you a in the mall parking lot tonight! Bring your 1.21 gigawatts baby!), the next best thing is to read back and see what I missed. Without further ado, I present you with the things I've learned from Miss Snark this week.
- Double verbs are BAD! Watch the had, was, were verbs and avoid them unless you really understand the past perfect tense and KNOW that it's the correct way to convey what you want.
- Writing is NOT the same as a police report. You don't have to include every fact, every detail, every causal link. Trust your audience enough to let them work to keep up with you. They won't mind, in fact, they will become more involved in the story.
- The rhythm of your sentences is almost as important as the actual words. Shorter sentences at the start, building to longer ones in the middle, falling off to shorter ones at the end. Not an ironclad rule, but practice and perfect this so that when you break the rule, you are doing it because it is a choice you make and not because you just don't know how else to do it.
- Don't overwrite!
- When you're trying to build tension, keep your sentences short and punchy. Long sentences drag down the reader and the intensity.
What I found really interesting about most of these rules is that it is more about perfecting the art than hard and fast rules. Almost every writing rule CAN be broken if you know what you are doing and choose to break the rule for the right reasons.
I feel educated, don't you? ;)
P.S. Final tip of the day - if you get a chance to retire and run away with George Clooney, follow Miss Snark's example - YOU TAKE IT!