Another great post by Ruth Ann Nordin. Best advice ever.
It seems to me that there’s so much focus on things that truly do not matter to writing a book. Authors squabble over passive vs. active voice, whether it’s okay to use adverbs or not, how often you can write a certain word in a scene, etc. In my opinion, all those little details aren’t that important. Passive voice is okay. Adverbs are okay. If you want to repeat the word “walk” in a scene, that’s okay, too. The point is not whether you use these techniques or not. It’s HOW you use them.
The bottom line with any book is the story. Was it a story that compelled the reader to keep turning the page? Was it a story that made the reader lose sleep because he/she had to keep reading?
You want to know who cares about these things? Writers (aspiring or otherwise), editors, and others in the…
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