I visited a blog called the Life and Laughs of me the other day and came across a post entitled, Rules for Writing Fiction. It is well worth a read if for nothing else than to get you thinking about whether you have any rules you follow consistently when writing fiction.
Personally, I disagreed with rule 8 on this list.
8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
Personally I like being kept in suspense as a reader, as long as the revelation is worth the wait.
That said, number 6 – be a sadist – is an excellent rule. Just because you feel connected to your protagonist and have spent so much time on them doesn’t mean you shouldn’t heap ruin and pain upon them. It makes for a far more interesting story.
So what are your rules for writing fiction?
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