Nila’s Writing Rules

As some of you know, I’m a moderator over at the Writing forum on There’s really nothing to moderate. I’m just a glorified coordinator. My main job is to stick and unstick contest threads. Occasionally, there’s a scuffle between writers, but we’re an insipid lot. We may wield our pens like swords, but they’re … More Nila’s Writing Rules

Rule #16

What are the stakes? Give us reason to root for the character. What happens if they don’t succeed? Stack the odds against. I’ve read a lot lately. The submissions for the Lucky or Unlucky anthology as well as just workshop stuff. And you know what? This ‘rule’ is spot on. Who cares if the grammar … More Rule #16

Rule #15

If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations. I’ve been watching Grimm, the NBC TV show. Since I don’t have a TV or cable reception, I’m watching Season 1 and 2 via Amazon Prime. So, yes, I’m a little late to the scene, but hey, … More Rule #15

Rule #11

Happy Wednesday Everyone, I am posting this a little late in the day, my apologies, but since I haven’t kept to my schedule for most of this year, I’m sure you didn’t notice. (At least, I hope you didn’t notice…) Anyway, let us continue with Pixar’s 22 Storytelling Rules. The 11th rule is one that the … More Rule #11

Rule #9

Welcome Back, folks. Today is Wednesday. The day I set aside to learn the craft of writing. As you may know, I am reviewing Pixar’s 22 Storytelling Rules. Allow me to interrupt myself and give a word of caution. I’m repeating myself, but I want to make sure we are all clear. These rules are not really … More Rule #9

Rule #8

Wow – I can’t believe it’s been more than a month since I reviewed Rule #7 from Pixar’s 22 Storytelling Rules. Time truly speeds by when you are having fun (or working too much). So, let’s get right to it, shall we? Pixar’s next rule is one that I struggle with the most, I think. … More Rule #8