- I'm a little insane.
- This blog post is going to be about breaking rules.
- I didn't get near enough sleep last night (about 4.5 hours, actually).
While reading this book, I became aware of several things. This author breaks the "writing rules" left, right, and center and I LOVE HER FOR IT! Ooo, you now know the author is a girl (big shocker, since it's a historical romance novel).
Here are some things I've caught:
- She has buried dialogue. Lots. And it works. So get over it, suckahs.
- She doesn't always say the name of the character speaking, and it works. So there.
- She did not introduce the hero OR the heroine in the first 10 pages of the novel. *smirking*
- When she did introduce the hero and heroine to the novel, they did not meet right away and certainly did not become intimate until much later.
- She seems to love adverbs, but I don't think it's overdone. HOWEVER, I know for a fact that if some of my writer friends read her book to critique it, they'd be circling every single "ly" word.
- She does NOT describe every bloody facial expression. She does say things like "He gave her a frustrated look" without describing the crap out of that look.
- She says things like "He nodded IN AGREEMENT." This rule isn't a well-known one, but I have heard from several people not to use "in" types of phrases. Like, "in understanding" etc...
So there you go guys, proof right there that you don't need to worry about every little rule out there-- or even the big ones!
Just write the story.