It's mid-December now, which means I'm closing in on the 2 year mark for this blog. *cue streamers, confetti and mariachi band*
In honor of this occasion, I'm doing a few top ten lists of things I've learned in the last two years. Today, we're starting with the basics of writing. So, here it is, today's top ten list.
10 Things I've Learned About Writing
1. Commas are not willy-nilly objects.
2. There is a correct time and place for a semi-colon...whether I like it or not.
3. A little well-balanced white space is a beautiful thing.
4. Starting with the MC waking up is not a new and original concept.
5. Four words to live by: Arrive Late/Leave Early
6. Main characters should not be boring, whiny or ridiculous.
7. Readers are smart, don't underestimate them.
8. If one of your viewpoint characters is so minor they're more background than anything else--you may have a problem.
9. Just because half the world thinks writing about vampires and werewolves is a fantastic idea, it doesn't mean you have to.
10. Write what interests you and you can make it interesting. If you aren't intrigued by an idea, your audience won't be either.
More Top 10 Lists to come, stay tuned. :)