Are the rules for writing now optional?
May 28, 2012 2 Comments
When I started writing seriously, I was inundated with a whole pile of rules. Every part of writing has a rule, and it was a given that if you learned them all, you could consider yourself a good writer. Now that we have digital self-publishing, I’m find myself questioning these same rules. I used to critique things because people wanted to find an agent and get published, but now because of self-publishing, it appears people don’t have to follow the rules. I’ve read some poorly written books in the last few months, or at least I thought they were poorly written, and yet these stories are finding success via self-publishing. I’ve heard some people say that because it’s poorly written, makes it easier for the reader to identify with the characters.
Most of what trips me up has to do with structure and style. How do I know that what I consider wrong, could actually be this writers style? I’m afraid that I might insult someone if I state that his preferred writing style is wrong, or worse, stifle their creativity.
I will admit, I’m at a loss as to what to do.