Rules? Not For Bestsellers
There’s so much advice out there for writers. Do this, don’t do this – and sometimes it gets right up my nose!
I know, I know: lots of it makes sense. After all, rules are there to give us guidance. And the people telling us the rules are experts who’ve had hotshot careers in publishing (or so they tell us) or have spent years studying and teaching English literature/creative writing at the University of Wherever.
But how many of us really like being told how we should write? So, this particular technique works for John Grisham or Stephen King or… whoever. Do we care? Do we want to be the next whoever?
No, we don’t. Personally, I want to be the first ME! And if I can get away with telling my stories in the way that comes naturally to me then so much the better.
And one of the things that struck me very quickly is that it’s nearly all ‘tell’ not ‘show’. And it works!
This is one of the best-selling books in the UK at the moment and it’s had all sorts of glowing praise heaped on it.
So yah boo sucks to all those experts who are always nagging us ‘show don’t tell’ and hurrah for Jonas Jonasson not only having the courage to break the rules but demonstrating that you can also write an excellent book without following everyone else’s advice.