Yesterday, on Janet’s blog, the subject of rules was brought up. There were some interesting comments. I had this little gem from the Universe tucked back in my files and this seemed like a good time to bring it out.
Never create rules, Silver. Not ever.
Not for others. And especially not for yourself.
Unless, of course, this is your rule.
Don’t you love simple, Silver?
There are certain “writing rules” that really chafe my @$$. Limited POV/POV shifts is one of them. Not mixing genres is another. Hello. My name is Silver. I am a cross-genre writer and I “head hop.” I’ve discovered a term for how I write: the Cinematic POV. Sounds classy, doesn’t it? Lawyer Guy came up with it. I have to give him credit. When I read, I want to know what EVERYONE is thinking. I want to see the scene through their eyes. Screenwriters handle this with POV shifts within the script. I don’t understand why fiction writers can’t do the same thing–well, besides certain editors proclaiming “That’s the rule!”
Guess what? There are writer’s out there who do this. Nora Roberts (especially in her JD Robb persona) does this–and does it quite effectively. Okay, I will admit that there might be writers out there who should follow the rule. If the technique doesn’t flow naturally, it can be an unmitigated mess.
Rules can stifle creativity. Rules can curb the imagination. Rules can get in the way of the storytelling. But at the same time, I believe a writer should be aware of the rules before breaking them. Or ignoring them. Or making up new rules.
Writers, what writing rules make you crazy? Readers, what broken rules drive you crazy when you read? But more importantly, are you born free?!? 😉