There Are Exceptions To The Rule

exception-e1487183955248I read a comment I received on a post yesterday and I have to admit it really rattled me. The individual who posted the comment was brash and unpleasant, however, I understood where he was coming from and chose to give him the benefit of the doubt. The post was on rules for writing a successful piece of work.

I didn’t actually write the post, but I agreed with the person who wrote it. He is a successful author and many of his statements I have read numerous times over the years from other successful authors.

So what was the problem? The person who read my post took everything literal. He saw everything black and white. There were no shades of gray.

That got me thinking about my posts and new writers. When you research and step out to learn a new skill, you are going to find a lot of good advice, but you have to look at how it applies to what you are writing.

There are exceptions to the rule. For example: If you’re writing a Sci-fi novel or Fantasy, you are going to have parts of your novel that are bogged down in description. You are creating a new world for goodness sake. Just try to make it interesting and give us a few spoonfuls at a time when possible 🙂

Something to think about.

-Jan R

There Are Exceptions To The Rule

2 thoughts on “There Are Exceptions To The Rule

  1. You need that basic framework, esp. of what was successful before, it’s indispensable. That’s why it’s so valuable to read how-to articles and books, and study the style of writers you admire, but never, ever be afraid to color outside the lines when the feeling strikes you! I always remind myself that Shakespeare invented a ton of new words. He, and so many other famous writers did something different, but only after knowing what was. : D


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