What if we adopted that as a philosophy to our writing? I’m not talking about doing away with grammatical rules (although I have certainly been known to break them). I am talking about the other rules that sometimes hold us back.
If you read enough books on how to improve your plots, blogging, or whatever else you do in the world of writing, you will find a lot of rules. For instance, blogs should only be about 300 words. But then others say if you have something really worthwhile, it’s okay to stretch it to 500 or more.
There are also rules out there when it comes to writing and your use of social media. You should only do so much promoting of your work, try to be more personable. You should tweet five times a day…or is it just once?
I have finally stopped reading anything that has to do with the rules of writing. Why? Because I find it actually stifles my creativity. I can become so focused on the rules that I don’t allow those creative juices to flow freely.
There is so much freedom in throwing out some of those rules. If I have something to say, I can say it without feeling like I will be penalized in some way.
What about you…do you find it easy to follow these “rules” or do you prefer to be a little rebellious and break them?
© 2012, Stephanie Romero