Simple Writing Rules


In order to get your manuscript to publication standard you’ll have to pay attention to –


Articles, verb forms, pronouns, punctuation, prepositions, subject-verb agreements, infinitives, only one type of English, verb tense, spellings, quantifiers, particles and wordiness.

Many publisher websites ask for work to be proofread and free of grammatical nasties before submission.

Pages of Book
Pages of Book

Novel building

Fiction facets


Characters – need to be understood, if not liked; motivation


Surprises – taking fiction tropes into new directions, twists, and turns.


Quality writing – voice, tone, humour, grammar


Pace – cliff hangers entice emotions. Tension building, satisfaction

Fiction facets + prose = quality