I’ve crammed a lot into the last year; writing the book was probably the least taxing. But more than not, in my search for publication, I have found advice confusing. And this is on top of what we learned at school compared to what we learned after. But on that note, when my daughter came home from school the other day and asked what an adverbs was, I told her to never use that filthy word again and moved her into a different class. They’ll teach anything these days.
Contradictions, ambiguities, confusion, conflicts, grey areas. And I mean grey areas, not Grey areas, because Christian Grey’s area will not fit here – or many places, apparently.
This is just an observation some of you may have come encountered the following and can relate. They probably aren’t even contradictions in the true sense, but they have certainly kept me on my toes.
Use fresh words, but always use ‘said’ as a dialogue tag.
Be creative, but be formal and submit your work as though you are not creative.
Be descriptive, but don’t use more than one adjective.
Use prose, but don’t be wordy.
Showcase your vocabulary, but don’t use big words that will alienate people.
Stimulate imagination, but if a man looks like Elvis, just say it; thank you very much.
Professionally Edit your MS, but we will edit again for you. Send us your final draft, but we will edit again for you.
Make your character consistent, but give them a contradiction.
Write 90000 words, but I want to know what your book is about in 25.
Tell us what the book is about, but don’t tell us the ending.
Send 50 pages, but one will be read.
Write what you love, but what you love must sell.
I’m only having fun. Of course, anything in life is confusing. But it’s Friday and no one should have to think too much on a Friday 🙂