writers, and writing “rules”

It’s been a while since I wrote a blog post, so I thought I should write one.

First of all, I used to follow a lot of writing blogs, so I’ve read a lot of advice about writing, some of it in the form of rules. None of this was useful (mostly due to lack of interest on my part), but this (not from a blog) made me laugh immoderately:

“Always write in the third person. The third person is Cain, the firstborn son of Adam and Eve. Every novel must be from his perspective.”

I can’t read that without laughing, which may be something I shouldn’t admit in public.

I was going to write something about Martin Scorsese’s recent dismissal of Marvel movies as “not cinema” (I probably have a draft around somewhere), but it veered too close to “What is art?” (I always avoid those conversations), plus I had to deal with my lack of interest in both sides (as I’ve indicated before, I’m sick of Marvel movies, and I’m not a huge Scorsese fan — other than Hugo).

Speaking of writers blogs, most of the writers (or, as some of them thought of themselves, aspiring writers) have drifted away. Some perhaps to social media, some, apparently, to parenthood, others to who knows where.

But one who persisted, in the writing if not in the blogging is Tiyana Marie White. For as long as I’ve known her (years – I don’t know how many) she’s been working on a book called The Elementalist: Rise of Hara (well, that may not always have been the title, but it was always the same book).

And now, it’s done and published! So many people start out to write a novel, and so few ever finish one.

I’m not reviewing the book (I haven’t finished it, and I would have to recuse myself from reviewing it in any case since I was a beta reader), but I am definitely celebrating the accomplishment.

My first blog post, written before I even had a blog was about persistence.

That was written nineteen years ago, so I guess I’m pretty persistent with this blog thing.

So, I’ll quote my father here: “There’s only one rule in writing. Write well.”

I’d also vote for “Finish what you start.”

Work on my current story is going well (according to me, anyway). The whole thing seems to make sense, which is not something you can take for granted when you’re writing a mystery story based on a dream. There’s probably a writing rule against that.

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