Here are some other "R" writing tips:
- Resist the urge to explain
- Read your writing out loud. It helps you pick up inconsistencies, and improve your dialogue and the pacing of your writing
- Read what you want to write, and write what you want to read
- Read in the genre you write. This is SO important - you'll learn what has been done before, things that have worked, the "conventions" and requirements for writing in that genre, things that haven't worked, as well as much more
How about you: What's your take on following the “rules”? Are there any other "R" writing tips you can add to the above list?
Crusader Challenge Heads-up
I'll be holding my final Crusader Challenge on Friday, April 22nd. The theme of the Challenge will be related to the letter S (it has to be "Show not Tell" of course!), so A-Z Challenge entrants can combine both posts if they wish to enter my Crusader Challenge as well. Those who aren't Crusaders are very welcome to take part. This month's Challenge is just for fun, so there won't be any judging or prizes.
I've posted the Challenge below, so you have the next day to come up with your entry. All entries should be posted on Friday, April 22nd. As soon as you've posted, pop back to Rach Writes... and leave the direct link to your entry in the Linky Link tool, which I'll include in my April 22nd post.
Show Not Tell Crusader Challenge: In 300 words or less, write a passage (it can be an excerpt from your WIP, flash fiction, a poem, or any other writing) that shows (rather than tells) the following:
- you're scared and hungry
- it's dusk
- you think someone is following you
- and just for fun, see if you can involve all five senses AND include these random words: shimmer, saccadic, substance, and salt.