Are the rules for writing now optional?

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.

Really?

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.

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About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

2 Responses to Are the rules for writing now optional?

  1. Ref: I’ve heard some people say that because it’s poorly written, makes it easier for the reader to identify with the characters.

    I don’t believe this. They definitely identify with the character, not because it’s poorly written, but rather despite it.

    There’s an unknown element that drives the masses to like this thing and not that. If the big wigs or little wigs knew what that was, we’d all be rich. We never know from one book to the next what will excite the masses. It’s organic and ephemeral.

    • It boggles the mind, doesn’t it? Just the other day I was looking over a partial, and I couldn’t help but wonder if this person was making mistakes, or if this was his style of writing. The whole sample is set this way, and I’m leery because I’m afraid I might be criticizing his style. 😦

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