So, I was poking around on Pinterest and I found this website about 5 writing mistakes that make you sound like an amateur. And what do you know I think I do all of them. But then I already knew that. However, I think this guy is out to lunch. I don't think there are 'rules' for writing. Write what you love. Write what you like. Write how you like. There are no rules! That's the beauty of it all. Is it all great? No, but it doesn't have to be. So fuck the rules and just write whatever you want.
Below is a paraphrased list of the 'rules'.
1. Dialogue tags other than said or asked should never be used. Bullshit. Writing is about creating a scene, with words. We aren't watching t.v where the actor can bring to life the dialogue with his voice. We as storytellers need to create the mood with our descriptions, including dialogue tags. Are they whispering? Bellowing? Crying? Snapping? How do we know this unless the writer tells us? we don't fucktard! If all we ever read is said or asked we are missing out on a huge portion of what the hell is happening. So please ignore this "rule" as the hogswallow it is.
2. Don't use italics to emphasize a word. Where I would agree that this should be used sparingly, to cut it out altogether is the same as cutting out punctuation marks. Don't use exclamation marks, parenthesis, or commas either. You noob.
3.Don't switch POV.Meh, do it if you want, it's easy enough to follow if it's done properly. It's not the 5th circle of hell that people make it out to be. By the way, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings is written with head hopping POV and so are many other really great books, so there.
4. Don't use words that end in ly. And while you're at it, don't use words that start with P or two words together that rhyme. OMG, they're words aren't they? Use them for God's sake. It's not a crime. Use them well, but use them.
5. Don't use complexity in your writing. I'm not writing for 3rd graders. I expect adults to be able to follow a little bit of complexity, a little bit of poetic design, and words with more than one syllable. If they can't, they can go read Clifford the Big Red Dog, for all I care. My books have a certain musical complexity to them and I won't apologize for it.
Aaaah, now that I've vented I feel much better. I should have waited and posted this on Wednesday rant day, but oh well.