Breaking Writing Rules

Friday, June 18

I've come across several writing blogs that challenge writers to "break all the rules about writing that you can. It's the only way to be original. Rules are confining. Ignore them all."

Now pay attention, because this is important; you shouldn't write a story with the sole purpose of breaking as many "rules" as you can.
It won't make you stunningly original or creative. It will probably just make your book suck.

Granted, there are some rules that won't work for everyone. Novelists are told that the main character should grow and develop by the end of their book. For short story writers, this rule is usually unnecessary for such a short time span.

Rules are really just guidelines or suggestions; a roadmap to give you hints about where the heck you're going.

The most successful books follow the "rule" to have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Breaking that rule will, more likely than not, result in a mess of a plot.

3 comment(s):

Caroline Saturday, June 19, 2010  

True. Not sure what you'd have if there was no beginning, middle, and end. As the pirates in Pirates of the Caribbean say, "They're more like guidelines than actual rules."

Story Weaver Monday, June 21, 2010  

*chuckle* Love that movie.

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