Dear Defensive Writer: Shut Up!

With all that said, here’s what I think should be happening in a writer’s group, and here is what I tend to do when I put up something for review:

1- I bring a pen and paper.

2- I shut up!

3- I listen.

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“He was a dark and stormy knight.”

Many of my more seasoned vets out there know that opening a story up with weather is a giant no-no. The memo hasn’t gotten out to some of our unpublished friends yet, however.
Now, I’m not writing this blog to criticize other authors, or to poke fun. I’m writing this blog to look at some very good reasons to NEVER open up a story with weather. (Well…almost never. Wheel of Time novels open up with weather–the wind to be exact…but those openings aren’t really the beginning, after all.)

Mad Max: Fury Road–There and Back Again, a Harem’s Tale

This wasn’t a story of some muscle-headed, diesel-guzzler, saving beautiful women in high octane action sequences. It was instead a cleverly veiled tale of a reluctant hero, roped into helping a disenfranchised party of capable warriors, journey-ho to reclaim their home from a sadistic, water-hording, overlord .