Monday Pep Rally is a weekly feature where the Misfits post a question for you, the reader, to answer. You can answer on your own blog and link in the comments, or just answer here!
Good morning, Misfiteers! How many of you are writing today? Because I am! And I've been thinking lately about some of my favorite writing advice--you know, the stuff I think about every time I write, that keeps me on track. Of course there are a zillion writing tips out there, but for me, some resonate more than others, and some resonate more at certain times. A few of my current favorites:
-The main character must be the driver of most of the action in the book. In other words, the MC can't sit around waiting for things to happen and reacting to them--she has to take control!
-There must be tension on EVERY page.
-Use senses besides sight and hearing.
-Show don't tell, but also don't show AND tell. If the character does or says something that makes her thought process obvious, there is no need to have her inner monologue about it. (Eh hem, this one is tough for me.)
And finally, when I'm feeling like it's never going to be as perfect as I want it, this one from Neil Gaiman: "Novels are never completed. Just abandoned and published."
What about you? What is some of your favorite writing advice?