Rules are Made to Be Broken

“There are three rules for writing a novel.

Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

— W. Somerset Maugham

I saw this quote this morning and it made me smile.

Since I started this journey in writing and publishing, the one thing I have learned for a fact, is that there are no set in stone rules you have to follow or die.

Depending on who you ask, or what information you read, there are scads of rules – and even more opinions on what you should do, how you should do it.

The trouble I ran into was when all the information I gathered started to be conflicting. Who should I listen to? What guidelines should I follow?

I finally decided to forge ahead, do what felt right and face the consequences.

What resulted from that was me breaking many of the rules I had read were essential to writing and publishing. I’m okay with that.

I decided to make up a few of my own rules:

1. Write from your heart.

2. Write every day.

3. Believe in yourself.

So there you have it.

Whether you sell a million books or just one, I think staying true to your heart and your purpose is the most important rule you can follow. And that one shouldn’t be broken.

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