- No using a dream to resolve the story. However, see Lewis Caroll's Alice in Wonderland and see how he totally ignores that!
- No using coincidence to move a story along. See Hans Christen Andersen's The Snow Queen to show that a skilled writer can and does use coincidence well as a major part of their plot.
- No unnecessary repetition. Again see The Snow Queen as Gerda has to repeat her story to those she comes across on her journey. This could become boring but it doesn't with HCA. He varies the way she talks about her quest.
- No long sentences. They slow the plot down. See the entire works of P.G. Wodehouse for wonderful, witty and very long sentences. They don't slow the plot down but do add to the joy of the humour but it needs a very talented writer to get away with this one, otherwise it does come across as being long-winded.
Just to show that rules can be broken sometimes, this post looks at things not meant to be used in writing (always for good reasons) and where authors ignored this.
I'm Allison Symes and I write novels, short stories as well as some scripts and poems. I love setting my work in my magical world, the Fairy Kingdom, and my favourite character is Eileen, who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people without caring that statement is hypocritical in itself! Eileen is huge fun to write for and about.