Story Rulez: Two Things Every Novel Needs to Do – by Janice Hardy…

on Fiction University:

There are a lot of rules in writing, but only two you really need to follow.

I’m a big fan of the story. If I had to chose between a great story and great writing, I’d take story every time, because without a great story, who cares about the writing? I’ve seen wonderfully written manuals, but that didn’t make me want to curl up with them in front of a fire.

I’ve gotten myself into some debates over which is more important to a new writer. Should they focus on improving their writing or their story?

Knowing the rules is important. Writing is a skill, and there’s only so far you can go with raw talent. At some point, you’ll need to know what you’re doing. But I also think that no matter how good a writer you are, if you’re not also a storyteller, you won’t go that far either.

Most readers don’t pick up a book because the author is technically skilled–they pick it up because it sounds like a good story.

Provided you have the technical skills (after all, horrible writing that a reader can’t follow will kill even a great story), what does a great story have to do? Once you have those technical skills, what rules does a writer need to follow?

Just two.

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