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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Author Insight: Breaking the Rules

What's one writing rule you like to break?

"Almost all of them. I tend to chuck grammar and syntax out the window. I also need, almost physically, to have the words appear on the page in an interesting way. I love toying with the text, even though my editors like to correct that." - K. Ryer Breese, author of Future Imperfect

"I have a bit of a thing for run on sentences. It’s just part of who I am." - Leigh Fallon, author of The Carrier of the Mark. 

"Flashbacks. I like them." - Elana Johnson, author of Possession. 

"Wait, there are rules? If there are rules, I have probably broken them all. I write out of order when I feel like it. I don't plot until I reach a certain point. I push boundaries between genres. In my first book, I wrote from multiple character points of view, one in first, one in third. The only rules I don't break are Butt In Chair and do what is best for the story even if you don't like it." - Stephanie Kuehnert, author of Ballads of Suburbia. 

"Um, I don’t think about 'writing rules.' I just write. Next question!" - Marta Acosta, author of  Haunted Honeymoon.

"I like adverbs. There, I’ve said it. I like them and I’m not sorry. ;) And for some reason I tend not to capitalize 'I' when I’m writing poetry. It’s a habit I got into in university and it’s either charming or pretentious, but I just can’t seem to help myself!" - Alyxandra Harvey, author of Haunting Violet.

"I'm addicted to emdashes, hyphens, and semi-colons. And analogies. It's like a disease." - Dawn Metcalf, author of Luminous

"Grammear.  And spel-ink." - Josephine Angelini, author of Starcrossed

"Starting a sentence with a conjunction. But I don’t like to do it too often. :)" - Alison Goodman, author of Eona

"There are rules? Eh-oh." - Trinity Faegen, author of The Mephisto Covenant.


"I have to only pick one? I am just kidding. When I go back and edit my own work after my very first drafts I tend to find a lot of …’s for some reason I love them when writing but not editing and then always end up taking them out." - Emma Michaels, author of The Thirteenth Chime.

 "I think that pretty much every rule that applies to writing is breakable, if you execute it properly. The most common 'rule' I like to break is the one that says writers should write every day. I'm very inconsistent until deadline approaches." - Tera Lynn Childs, author of Sweet Venom


"'Write every day.'" - Leah Cypess, author of Nightspell


Stop by Thursday to see what writing rules the rest of the authors like to break!

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