Give yourself permission to break the rules!
…especially when those rules aren’t working for you!
I know that the people who come out with THE RULES are coming from a good place, they want to help you be the best, most succesful author you can be. I do sincerely wish, though, that they’d frame it in a way that doesn’t convey such a “You must follow these rules or else YOU SUCK AND YOUR BOOK WILL SUCK (if you finish it) AND YOU WILL NEVER BE A SUCCESSFUL AUTHOR LIKE ME! kind of tone.
Are there some habits, tips and tricks that are generally helpful to most writers? Of course! But that doesn’t mean they’re helpful to all, and quite frankly I’m tired of the “otherwise you’re doomed to fail” subtext to many of these lectures. If you chain yourself to THE RULES when you organically write best by not following them, then you won’t write your best story, and NaNoWriMo may end with tears and frustration. Continue reading