Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dream Sequences - A No-No Rule of Writing? #WritersLife by Chrys Fey

Today I'm thrilled to have the lovely Chrys Fey here to celebrate her newest release, 30 Seconds!

I wanted her to share a bit about her journey to publication & here's what she had to say...


On my journey to publication, I have come across many writing rules. I’ve even blogged about several of them. I’m sure you’ve heard a lot, too. Many of the rules I hear make sense to me, such as eliminating redundancies (whispered softly) and changing passive voice to active voice. However, I’ve also encountered writing rules that seem silly to me, like not using “tears” in your writing, or not writing about a character’s dream.

In 30 Seconds, I wrote a few dream sequences into my story that push the plot along and come into play later. My heroine also cries at least once or twice. You see, writing rules are not law. While there are ones you should follow (e.g., grammar rules), you don’t have to follow every one you hear.

These “rules” were created by other authors according to how they wrote and what they thought was correct, but not every writer writes the same way, nor should we. If a rule makes perfect sense to you, apply it to your writing. If a rule sounds silly, brush it off with a little laugh. And don’t ever let anyone make you feel like an amateur for not knowing one of these “rules”, or for not using it. The more you write you will develop your own special list of rules. Those are the ones you should follow with all your heart.

Title: 30 Seconds
Author: Chrys Fey
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: Novella (105 pages)
Format: eBook
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Published: September 10th, 2014

When Officer Blake Herro agreed to go undercover in the Mob, he thought he understood the risks. But he's made mistakes and now an innocent woman has become their target. He's determined to protect her at all costs.

The Mob's death threat turns Dr. Dani Hart's life upside down, but there is one danger she doesn’t anticipate. As she's dodging bullets, she's falling in love with Blake. With danger all around them, will she and Blake survive and have a happy ending, or will the Mob make good on their threat?

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Chrys Fey is a lover of rock music just like Dani Hart in 30 Seconds. Whenever she's writing at her desk, headphones are always emitting the sounds of her musical muses -especially that of her favorite band, 30 Seconds to Mars, the inspiration behind the title.
30 Seconds is her second eBook with The Wild Rose Press. Her debut, Hurricane Crimes, is also available on Amazon.

Discover her writing tips on her blog, and connect with her on Facebook. She loves to get to know her readers!


  1. Characters aren't supposed to cry?? Well, I guess I'd better go change my book's ending...I've honestly never heard that one. Some writing rules are just silly, and make you wonder who exactly came up with them.

  2. No tears? Who came up with that rule? Crap, someone has cried in all three of my books.

    1. I read this rule in a book with many author's contributions on writing rules. I don't remember who said that one about tears, but he/she claimed the reason was because tears (and describing tears) are a cliche. Characters cry in all of my books, too, Alex.

  3. I've never hard the rule about tears. People cry in real life so of course they would in books.

    1. Exactly! We strive to make our characters as real as possible and people cry.

  4. Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Terri, and for letting me talk about my journey to publication and what I think about rules. :)