My 4 Golden Rules of Writing

An excellent, empowering article on writing by Nicholas C. Rossis, bestselling author of the epic fantasy series “Pearseus”. A must read!

Nicholas C. Rossis

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I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while now. The main reason is that I keep coming across several writing rules that make little sense to me. Then, I came across a gem of a post by Constance Hale, “When Shakespeare Committed Word Crimes” on TED.

Constance confirmed what I long suspected: when there is tension in a language between what comes naturally and the rules, it’s because someone has tried to shoehorn the language into their idea of conformity.

Does this mean there are no rules? Not at all. It just means that the ones we are taught in workshops and classrooms are not necessarily the ones that matter to actual readers – as opposed to teachers, agents and editors. So, here are my golden rules; the ones no fiction writer should ever break, in my view:

Rule #1: Don’t let your writing get in the way of your story.

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5 thoughts on “My 4 Golden Rules of Writing

  1. For the longest time, I was too scared to publish anything on my blog.

    I had the debilitating fear of making a mistake – a simple error. What if somebody catches my mistake, corrects it and lets the world know? I would agonize over this problem. I thought my credibility as a Business Writer would be shot to pieces.

    When you write, you constantly feel the pressure of mastering the art of using commas. You are required to understand the difference between a colon and a semi one, the misplaced modifier, and the rules on splitting the infinitive. Really, who has a brain to for that? Not me, for sure.

    1. Make a good first impression

    2. Write to express, not to impress

    3. Be specific – it won’t kill you

    4. Reign over pesky punctuation and grim grammar

    1. That’s awesome, Mihran! Thank you for taking the time to comment. I totally agree with your rules especially the “Write to express not to impress” one although if you impress yourself, it’s always good!

  2. I loved this post and as I commented on Nicholas’s blog too, I agree that the only thing that matters is that we are consistent with whatever practice we follow. It is only our insecurity that could give our writing a bad name, so it’s important to choose how we want to write and stick to our instincts. The info about rules is so contradicting our there anyway, this on its own is proof that there ARE no rules!

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