A lot of writing rules have been thrown around over the last couple of rules and it breaks my heart. Now there are some excellent pieces of advice out there that will objectively improve your writing, but I don’t think any one piece of advice should be followed religiously! Even the point I am making in this article will not apply to every writer or writing style. Ultimately there are times when following the rules will produce the best content and other times when experimentation will pay off.

Write whatever you want.

There are enough people that will tell you why your particular narrative style, approach, voice, or plot isn’t quite right. They will critique everything from your use of adjectives to your lack of adjectives. There will be no way that you can win, so it is best that you know this little piece of information now.

There are no hard and fast rules for writing.

You can do whatever you want.

Whether or not people like it is out of your control. What matters the most is that you like your writing. That has to be good enough.

There are countless rules that you shouldn’t break, yet when a writer breaks them and breaks them well, they often find acclaim in the literary world.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with your writing. Don’t let a fear of not doing something well enough hold you back from trying.

Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t actively try to improve your writing, but if you feel strongly about breaking a particular rule, you should absolutely break it. No one should hold you back. No fear of failure or fear of literary critique should stop you from writing words that you love and words that you would otherwise be proud of.

You won’t succeed every time you break the rules. There will be times when you will experiment and it won’t work. That doesn’t mean that you have to throw the baby out with the bathwater. A creative attempt that is fun and playful will always be more fun for you as a writer than only engaging with formulaic success.

Rules are meant to be broken, played with and twisted, at least in writing anyway. These guidelines were always supposed to be tools to be used, not objects to be avoided.

Have fun, play around, write what you feel inspired to write. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

As always, I cannot wait to see you on the bookshelf!