2 thoughts on “You can’t tell me what to do!

  1. Hmmm…
    1) Yup. Except I do occasionally. If it’s integral to the story.
    2) Prologue? Chapter one, surely.
    3) Sorry, no. that way blandness beckons.
    4) Yup. See point 3 above.
    5) Fair cop.
    6) Okay, there are alternatives.
    7) Yup
    8) Other than your main characters, anyway.
    9) Probably yup.
    10) Naturally!

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  2. Ah, the old prologue debate. Sometimes a short ‘intro’ is needed to set the scene before the story itself begins. I’ve never had a problem with this, either as reader or writer.
    As for dialogue tags, I avoid them all, including ‘said’ whenever possible. But there’s some truth in the old adage that ‘said’ becomes invisible to the reader and therefore never intrudes.
    ! – but only 2 or 3 per 100k? What about dialogue?
    Any sentence that begins ‘suddenly’ automatically has me screaming internally, ‘amateur’! Unfair, probably, but that’s my reaction.
    Characters that are described in detail form a fixed picture in the mind of the reader, one that may then clash with that reader’s personal life experiences of such a type and therefore make it difficult for the reader to engage with the character. I usually fall back on the technique of having characters describe each other, which allows the reader to avoid this problem by assuming the description is biased or the result of an unreliable narrator.
    Places and things only need detailed description if it’s essential to the understanding of the story. Again, it can generally be achieved through the eyes of one or more characters.
    And, 10 – obviously!

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