It's a new year and 1st Wednesday of that new year. Happy Insecure Writers Support Group Day. IWSG is the brainchild Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Thanks, Alex, for starting this group and keeping it going. And thanks to this month's awesome hosts: Eva @ Lillicasplace, Crystal Collier, Sheena-kay Graham, Chemist Ken, LG Keltner, and Heather Gardner!
I hope everyone enjoyed a great Christmas, Hanukkah, or whatever you celebrated. A new year is upon us. I always look at New Year’s Day as a time to start over. I wrote about that and my plan for 2017 on Monday. (Scroll down to the next post if you’re interested.)
Aren’t we lucky that we can start over? Or just keep on with whatever we’re doing. For me, it’s a mental adjustment. I’m disappointed that I didn’t finish the book I worked on in 2016. But I can start over with renewed enthusiasm. A new month or a new year allows us to restart our energies.
The question this month is:
What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?
My first impulse is to say no head hopping within a scene or even within a paragraph. We can all point to big name authors who do this all the time. But “somebody” said no, no, you can’t do that. I will admit that point of view switching can be jarring. Like many “rules” we need to know what the rule is and its reasoning before we break it.
I’m more frustrated by comma use. Just ask my editors. LOL I have a degree in English. I taught elementary school through 6th grade. I should know the rules. Well, most of them. I like using commas when I pause in a sentence, as if I were reading the sentence out loud. A period is a full stop. A comma is a pause. Makes sense to me. So although it isn’t a writing rule, per se, I wish I’d never heard of the comma rules.
Wishing everyone a year of renewed enthusiasm toward writing. Progress, too.
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