Questionable: How Important are the Rules* of Writing Fiction (*Really More of a Guideline”)

Jeanine asked:
I know you’ve said that every writer has their own process and they must discover what works for them. Nonetheless, in your discussions of the craft of writing, you often speak of guidelines for writing or, at least, for the finished product. For example you speak of things to avoid, such as prologues or flashbacks. Have you encountered any occasions where the writer completely breaks the rules or ignores the guidelines that you’ve established (at least for yourself), and what shouldn’t work, works brilliantly?

 

All the time. That’s why I slap the “many roads to Oz” disclaimer on everything I teach. 

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