PUBLISHED TODAY IN THE GALACTIC HERALD
PUBLISHERS’ GUIDELINES STIFLE CREATIVITY!
(What Really Suffers)
by B A Dreamer
Today, writers worldwide were saddened to discover the truth about writing guidelines imposed by the publishing community. Under the guise of a desire to help writers get published; agents, editors, and publishers alike have ruthlessly applied their demands. Many thought these guidelines to be “rules”, and followed them without question.
Don’t use the passive voice.
Don’t use adverbs (“ly” words)
Don’t use more than one semicolon in an entire manuscript. (What?)
Don’t use complex sentences. (The average person is stymied.)
Don’t use sentences with more than 18 words. (Again stymied.)
Don’t use the word “that” (even in a sentence THAT has to be read twice to be understood—avoid “that” at all costs).
And those are just a few of the “rules” harried writers have sworn to abide—giving up their talent, creativity, and…
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