All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.
Andrzej Krauze Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal sin 1 Never open a book with weather. But these are ordinarily found in non-fiction. A prologue in a novel is backstory, and you can drop it in anywhere you want.
The line of dialogue belongs to the character; the verb is the writer sticking his nose in. But "said" is far less intrusive than "grumbled", "gasped", "cautioned", "lied". I once noticed Mary McCarthy ending a line of dialogue with "she asseverated" and had to stop reading and go to the dictionary.
To use an adverb this way or almost any way is a mortal sin. The writer is now exposing himself in earnest, using a word that distracts and can interrupt the rhythm of the exchange. You are allowed no more than two or three perwords of prose. If you have the knack of playing with exclaimers the way Tom Wolfe does, you can throw them in by the handful.
I have noticed that writers who use "suddenly" tend to exercise less control in the application of exclamation points.
Notice the way Annie Proulx captures the flavour of Wyoming voices in her book of short stories Close Range. Think of what you skip reading a novel: My most important rule is one that sums up the Margaret Atwood 1 Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes.
In a pinch, pieces of wood or your arm will do. This is likely to work better if you can hold your own. Therefore ask a reading friend or two to look at it before you give it to anyone in the publishing business.
Then take the other road. Fill pages as quickly as possible; double space, or write on every second line.
Then calm down, and start worrying about the quality. Own it, and see it.
Dickens knew Bleak House was going to be called Bleak House before he started writing it. Chances are the words that come into your head will do fine, eg "horse", "ran", "said".
Wash the kitchen floor, hang out the washing. Good ideas are often murdered by better ones. I was working on a novel about a band called the Partitions. Then I decided to call them the Commitments. Geoff Dyer 1 Never worry about the commercial possibilities of a project. That stuff is for agents and editors to fret over — or not.
Conversation with my American publisher. In the early s I went to live in Paris. The usual writerly reasons: I now think it should be done only in private, like any other lavatorial activity.
The biggest regret of my writing life is that I have never kept a journal or a diary. On the page they flare into desire. Make a habit of putting your observations into words and gradually this will become instinct. If something is proving too difficult, give up and do something else.
Anne Enright 1 The first 12 years are the worst. Remember that all description is an opinion about the world. Find a place to stand. Fiction is made of words on a page; reality is made of something else.
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