Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Michael Knost Commandments for Fiction Writing

1. Thou shalt have something to say.

2. Thou shalt populate thy story with living individuals, not characters.

3. Thou shalt give thy protagonist a want.

4. Thou shalt allow an antagonist to (at least temporarily) keep thy protagonist from
obtaining that want.

5. Thou shalt avoid temptations of clichés, puns, info-dumps, or dream endings.

6. Thou shalt slay adverbs and adjectives with the jawbone of an ass.

7. Thou shalt research everything.

8. Thou shalt ensure thy words perform double and/or triple duties when possible.

9. Thou shalt circumcise excess.

10. Thou shalt never remind the reader she is reading.

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  1. Well done, Michael. I am cutting my excess circumcision as we speak.

    Scott Nicholson