Thursday, March 07, 2013

Good writing advice

Three Rules of the Crying Game | The Passive Voice | Writers, Writing, Self-Publishing, Disruptive Innovation and the Universe:

 "1) Protagonists don’t cry. If your protagonist does cry, then it frees the audience so that they don’t have to. Hence, if you’re trying to draw genuine tears from a reader, your characters shouldn’t be crying.

2) Let the emotion come naturally. Many authors will begin to fall into “purple prose” when they want to elicit emotion, and so they write in heightened, flowery images. Don’t. If you say something like, “In that moment, his love for her erupted like crocuses, touched by the sun after a long winter,” you’re working too hard."

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