All writing advice, even from so-called writing experts is not always the best advice for your type of story.

Despite what the talking heads say, all writing advice, even if it is from so-called writing experts, is not always the best advice for your type of story. Analyze your own story and see which flow best suit it. You can create your own signature flow.

I recently read where a writing tip advisor said: One should list all the main characters on the first few pages of the novel.

[This good advice if you write children books or young adults books, but it can not be done with all young adult books.]

That is only possible if the story is short with only two to four protagonists. But it is impossible if the story is long and the main character’s life venture into other locations and they meet other people. Especially in long novels. It would seem silly to add someone from the character’s adult life whom they haven’t met yet, if the story is a life progressive story.

A life progressive story or novel aren’t common nowadays because they are hard to write. But they usually start with a character in their youth and narrates as they live their life. Therefore, you introduce new characters, and even bring back old characters from afar throughout the story. In life progressive stories everyone doesn’t die off because the writer knows how not to write themselves in a corner. They don’t leave corpses in every room in the house.

This advice is not recommended if the antagonist is someone the author specially designed to keep the protagonist on their toes. Don’t give away too much too soon. That spoils the story.

Some might say every antagonist fits this bill, but no they do not. Well, always in a clear, precise manner.

For example: In the first book of the Unholy Pursuit series, I do not tell who is Ana Bufaye’s archenemy in the beginning of the story. Readers don’t learn who he is until later. In the beginning, I wanted to introduce the main character, her backstory, and her plight. The other main protagonist, Bea Wyett, her daughter, and her two love interests are mentioned in the beginning, but not her adversary and his main men. I tell what her opponent is doing, not his name.

Unhholy Pursuit Series First Book

About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
This entry was posted in advice, novel, writings and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

10 Responses to All writing advice, even from so-called writing experts is not always the best advice for your type of story.

  1. It’s good to know the rules so you know when to break them. 🙂 😀 Happy Writing!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Killer Keller says:

    This listing characters in an index sounds like how plays are written, not novels. It makes no sense to do this in a novel. Who give infantile advice?

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.