|Are you a writer?
This summer I have been working on my memoir. (I love that word, memoir. It sounds so writerly and serious.) And to tell you the truth, enjoying it very much.
The major rule in memoir writing is telling the truth. But what other rules do I follow as a writer? How do I write in order for my readers to have a satisfying experience in reading? Here are a few Rules I have discovered when I put pen to paper. I bet you can add some of your own to this list. Feel free to do so in the comments below. I'd love to know.
My Rules for Writing by J.Q. RoseIn no particular order of importance--
1. Grammar--To allow readers to enjoy the story or information I provide, grammar, also referred to as sentence structure, is important. Too long, too short, too rambling? I would also include spelling and punctuation as something that has to be correct for anyone to make sense of the sentence. (Maybe my background as a teacher influences my obsession for correct spelling and punctuation.)
2. The story or article must make sense--If a reader is scratching her head trying to understand what I am writing, then I have broken this rule. The sentences must flow together to develop the idea, the setting, the characters, the plot in such a way that the reader can picture all of it without needing an interpreter to explain everything. This takes a lot of time and practice to accomplish.
|Writing quote from Nathaniel Hawthorne
3. Just do it--The only way a story/article will be written is if the writer really wants to do it and sits down at the keyboard or writing pad and empties her heart and brain on the paper. Talking about the story or reading books on how to write does not reach your goal of having a finished piece of writing. Even after starting the writing project and the author perceives it to be trash, at least there is something on the page to revise.
|Writing quote from Anne Lamott
Do you have rules for your own writing? Maybe you were never aware that you do follow your own rules. Please share if you are willing. Your thoughts might inspire another. Thank you.
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