Writing good fiction is no easy task. Just ask Anthony Tata, a national bestselling author of thriller novels. While writing a compelling story that engages readers is important to writing fiction, there are a number of rules that one should follow to produce good fiction and ensure your writing gets published. Here are some of the top rules for writing fiction.
- When you are writing dialogue, never use a verb other than ‘said.’ Any other word is intrusive and can cause the reader to stop dead in their tracks.
- Avoid using adverbs to modify the verb ‘said.’ This can distract the reader and interrupts the flow of the exchange.
- Avoid using too many exclamation points. The rule of thumb is to have no more than two or three for every 100,000 words of prose.
- Prologues can be annoying, so avoid them at all costs.
- Try to avoid long, detailed descriptions of your characters.
- Avoid going into a lot of detail describing places and things. They can quickly bring the action of your story to a halt.
- Read your work aloud. This will help you identify spots in your story where the rhythms of the sentence may not be working.