Maintaining elements of simplicity in your writing maximizes the readability of your fiction. Following the Rules of Simplicity will help you tighten your prose and will help heighten the drama of your story. Tight, concise writing brings stories alive for your readers, offering them clear action and sharp imagery. It helps you keep your writing focused, training you to trim down rambling sentences, to remove weak verbs and extraneous information that bog down the story.
Just what are these Rules of Simplicity?
I’ve listed them here for you. They’re practical and simple:
Rules of Simplicity
Simplify Your Story even before you write it. Have a clear view off your tale from your Opening Scene/Paragraph/Sentence to your Closing Scene/Paragraph/Sentence.
- Use Active Voice.
- Use Short Sentences.
- Use Specific Verbs & Concise Nouns, allowing them to convey strong images and meaning.
- Maintain the Concept of Singularity Throughout your Story ~
a Single Idea per Sentence a Single Topic per Paragraph a Single Purpose per Scene and a Single, Dominant Central Plotline Per Story you write.
Note: The above can be found in are The Elements of Style by Strunk and White, but I prefer to use The Writer’s Little Helper by James V. Smith Jr. and the Handbook of Short Story Writing published by Writer’s Digest as reference guides (they’re less pretentious).