I see it a lot. ‘To be a really great writer, you MUST do this’
Well, no. Really great writers don’t tend to follow the rules. Think of Joyce, or Kafka, or the Brontes. All wrote stories that were utterly different to what had gone before.
Rules help. They are good guidelines. If you’re not sure quite how to express yourself the rules can show you the one and give you a path. But if you feel really strongly and passionately that the rules are wrong for you, break them, because what makes a really good writer isn’t the rules, it’s the passion for the story.
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