Friday, December 19, 2008

Fiction Writing Tips: The Rules of Three

Drab? Unexciting? "Shallow"? My short fiction was. As so much of it is! Why?

The questions of art are big, but the answers are small. Story writers, try these (my original discoveries):

1. Give three traits to every character, including the walk-ons.
2. Take your main characters to three distinctly different settings.
3. Have no more than three main characters.


  1. I'm fascinated! I can't wait to try it!

    Three is the magic number, you know. For mystics and religious types, as well as artists, landscapers, and interior decorators!

  2. Five and seven are also magic numbers. Beware of formulas - they could also create boredom.