The most common rules I have seen elsewhere were also covered in this article. These were:
- Avoid going into great detail describing places, people, and things unless they play an important part in moving the story forward.
- Avoid writing never ending paragraphs with prose that's too flowery. In other words, like the first point, don't waffle on about anything - it's simply just not necessary.
- Keep exclamation points under control. Use them sparingly.
Other points that were covered included:
- Always use 'said' to carry dialogue.
- Avoid continually spelling words in dialogue phonetically
- Read what you have written out loud to yourself to check the rhythm of the words.
It was good to read these guidelines because I know I'm on the right track for writing fiction and this is predominately what I want to do in the future. Unless you've read countless books about the rules of creative writing at the beginning, you've really no idea when you first start out. The only way to improve at writing is to keep on writing and along the way you will learn these points.
Do you have any other rules you would like to add? If so just pop them in the comment box. Thanks very much for reading.