As an author starting out, there is a ton of advice to consider. I’ve been reading blogs with different opinions on this one. Some say follow all the rules. Some say follow none of the rules – it’s your art, your creative process.
Here are my thoughts on “Do you have to follow the rules?”
Some of the rules (advice) include:
- Don’t change point of view mid scene
- Don’t open a scene with a character waking up
- Eliminate/minimize adjectives
- Don’t use names that are hard to pronounce
My advice: learn the rules, use the rules, become an expert at the rules, and then break them to your heart’s content.
Being a master at something is tremendously satisfying and, I think, worth the effort.