It's funny. I hear a lot about rules in writing. It ranges from using twitter as a writer. Tweet five times a day, retweet a certain number of articles, find other writers and reply to their tweets. Then there's the rules for a blog. Keep a regular schedule, reply to comments and don't forget to comment on other blogs. Finally there's rules for your writing. Show don't tell, use adverbs sparingly and write for yourself first then edit for your audience. Through it all you are reminded about the rules of being a professional. Don't waste time tweeting about personal matters, don't rant about a bad review, look at criticism as nothing more than a way to improve.
Rules, it's all about rules. Do this or do that. Don't forget this important rule. It's all thrown in your face and you're expected to follow the rules to a T. But then they throw a curve ball and tell you this.
It's okay to break the rules.
This is the point where your forehead meets the desk with a loud crack. Jeez, what do you want of me? Follow the rules or break them? The reply is this: Only break the rules sometimes and if you know what rule you're breaking. Now I'm scared of unknown rules I might be breaking. My piece of mind is slowly shrinking into oblivion.
Honestly, I'm starting not to care. Rules-shmules. I'm tired of being bombarded with conflicting ideas about rules. It was the exact same way with advice. Everyone yelling and what I'm hearing is completely contradictory. Maybe I'll approach rules the same way. Listen then decide what ones I want to listen to. I don't want to just tweet about writing. There are other things in my life. And on my blog? There will be rants, oh yes. Not bad rants, just a little bemoaning now and then when I feel upset and need a pick-me-up from my readers. As for my writing... I'm clueless about what rules to keep or break. I think I'll just write and let the chips fall. I'm not a perfect person and I wouldn't mind letting my readers in on that fact.