Hi everyone! (*waves*)
I’m so psyched to be guest blogging today. And I’m going to start with a pop quiz.
Don’t hate me, it’s an interesting one.
Which of the following novel writing rules have you heard of?
- Don’t do a prologue.
- Don’t use any weird, fancy fonts. Ever.
- Don’t do any flashbacks in the first chapter.
- Don’t do any flashbacks in the first 50 pages.
- Don’t start your YA novel on the first day of highschool for a new student.
- Don’t start the novel with a dream sequence.
- Don’t start the novel with an action sequence involving the POV of a mean character, especially if he/she is killing someone in a tortuous, gruesome manner.
- Don’t make your novel too short.
- Don’t make your novel too long.
- Shun adverbs like the plague.
- Use perfect grammar.
- (I’d do more, but you get the picture.)
The more we write, visit forums and writer blogs, the more rules we learn. Often, the rules are great. They’ve told me not to make some newbie mistakes that would have really made my MS craptastic.
On the other hands, the rules aren’t hard and fast. Rules were meant to be broken, and sometimes the consequences are simply amazing.
So here’s the second part of the quiz.
What rules have you broken?
About my Guest Blogger:
Lydia Kang is an up-and-coming writer currently writing and querying her YA novel. When she isn’t writing, she is filling her time as a mom, wife, part-time doctor, daughter, and blogger. She can be found daily on her fabulous blog, THE WORLD IS MY OYSTER.