So, again, I'm writing a new novel. The first thing I realized when writing the opening chapters was that, even in crime fiction, there's a place for longer, more ornate sentences, the kind of writing I've shied away from thanks to years of journalism and acting tough. The hardboiled style is great, but overused. Besides, shouldn't a writer hit the short, punchy stuff when it counts? Word.
Another trick I've avoided is first person, interior monologue. Not the kind that Frank Miller uses, but that desperate, stream of consciousness thing that breaks up third person narration. Stephen King does it a lot, usually in italics. It breaks up the monotony of an outside voice constantly telling you what's going on.
You're right here, in my head, as I destroy everything in my sight in my Pontiac Lemans, last of the true muscle cars, a gas-guzzler to be sure, my prized possession, AM radio and all or nothings sweet nothings from my tailpipe to your lungs.
Word association is another useful trick, although, like internal monologue, best when used sparingly.
Not to get all Dogme 95 on em.
Of course not. Rules are meant to be broken. As Frank Zappa (probably) said, without deviation from the Norm, you fall off a Cliff. Also, Sam Malone.