Rebecca Neely and The Rule of Three Writing Tip

Some days, it’s just hard to get into writing. I feel like when I begin, everything I put on the page stinks. But I work through it and pretty soon it’s flowing. I enjoy both the creative, free form stage of writing, as well as the editing and the word-smithing. So I make sure I give myself permission, and time to do both.

the rule of three by Rebecca Neely


A friend of mine who’s a seasoned writer told me she swears by the rule of ‘three’. Every three scenes and/or chapters, she takes a step back and makes sure she’s on track with where she wants and needs the story to go.

The longer I write, the more patient I become. Insights that add depth and cohesion to the characters, and the story as a whole often come only after I’ve been working on the story for a few months. Now, I know those ‘aha’ moments will come, and I try not to fret when I can’t get my arms around the story.

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3 days. 2 people. 1 story.

‘Hank’ Jerry, a down and out writer, and Jack Darcy, a former gang leader, team up to write his story for mutual gain and end up falling for each other. 

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Rebecca E. Neely

Rebecca E. Neely was born and raised in a small town in western Pennsylvania. Her father, an English teacher and a writer, instilled in her a love of words, and literature, especially short stories, at a young age. Her mother, a voracious reader, gave her Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild as a Christmas gift when she was nine, and Rebecca’s been hooked on reading stories of all stripes ever since.

Rebecca’s parents also owned and managed a restaurant until she was about sixteen, and she grew up in the family business, working, cooking, and eating.

Rebecca enjoys finding, and reading new authors via her Kindle. Live music inspires her, as do the characters she's blessed to have in her life.

In a former life, she earned a B.S. in Accounting, and worked in that field for about a decade. Since 2001, Rebecca has freelanced, writing a wide variety of copy for local magazines, and businesses all over the country. She is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America.

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