Sputnitsa recently wrote: “The Golden Rule (about writing) is there are no rules.“
I disagreed (and still do), and said so.
That doesn’t mean that she is wrong. Only that I disagree. Yes, I know you can read the caption under the screaming cat.
Irony is ironic.
But I digressed. I should stop doing that because it is very annoying.
That’s one of the rules of writing, stay focused.
Another one is avoid infodumps.
Avoid adverbs is another.
Not to mention rules about grammar, syntax and the like.
Writing has a lot of rules and the first inclination of any neophyte writer (moi) is to break them, or worse, ignore them.
Rules? Who needs them?
You (and I) need them. But we need more than just know them, we need to master them.
Because rules are meant to be broken.
Not only that, they are meant to be followed, twisted, stretched and ignored, all at the same time. But you can not do that if you don’t master them first.
Which is a slow and painful process consisting of a lot of writing and rewriting plus endless reviews and Betas.
But if you ARE a writer you must learn the rules because while writing has many rules (none written in stone, as that would be impractical to say the least) and no bright lines to speak off (but spaces come in handy) it does have one Law.
And now some music from Oceanlab-Satellite: