#3 Just to complicate matters, don’t let rule #2 turn your narrative into a boring trip to Boresville. Just because complexity is/can be the bane of an author seeking a reader’s interest, so is meeting the mayor of Boresville and getting the key to the city. Make your story do more than one thing. Teach me something I need to learn through the story, show me how these people hurt, how they love, what they fear and let me compare their feelings to my own hurts and loves and fears. Look at things differently, and teach your reader to do the same, even if it’s only while they’re in your story.
August 14, 2009
Writing Rule #3