Best thing I’ve learned about writing? It’s all about the pace. Especially with novels. “Sleigh” your readers–take ’em on a ride that’s enjoyable, exhilerating and memorable. Otherwise, you’re gonna “slay” them with boring, predictable, unrelenting prose. Best way to figure this out is to pull out your all-time favorite novel and study the first few paragraphs. Do they represent perfect examples of the “Queen’s English?” Prob’ly not. Most likely there’s a sentence ‘fragment’ or two, along with a ‘run-on’ sentence or two. Or three. I say have fun with it. Play with alliteration, rhyming, homophones, heteronyms. Whatever. Sleigh, slay. Sale, sail. Weigh, way. Tail, tale. Bratty Bobby burped. Cunning Connie Coped. Silly Sally slurped. And Moody Melvin moped. (After a few of these, nothing else you write could be worse verse . . . right?) Ha! I hope you read my novel, The SEED. Find it at www.annrichduncan.com.
Sleigh them, don’t slay them!