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2. Creativity VS Rules
People will tell you there are a number of rules to follow while writing. It could be about how a story should be written only from a protagonist’s view point, it should have a perfect introduction, characters should be brought into the picture at exact points, the story should flow smoothly, you should stick to your genre, the conflict should be perfect, the correct amount of dialogue against narration, first person story or third person story...
You get the drift!
But creativity does not work that way. If you keep concentrating on the rules, your story will probably escape from the window. I would say, just go with the flow. Let your fiction flow along with your imagination and put everything into words. When you open your imagination, you will see your story in pictures. Just follow what your characters tell you and write the scenes and dialogues. This will form the best possible story you can write and believe me when I tell you that your readers will enjoy reading such stories. If you keep stopping in the middle of your writing to keep checking for rules, you will probably blow the death knell on your creativity. The flow will be obstructed for all you know.
There are beta readers and editors or it could be even you when you give your story a proper reading after you complete it, to adapt all the rules and make necessary changes. Rules don’t have a role to play when you are creating your first draft. They will only curtail your creativity. Do not forget this important point when you begin to pen your bestseller.
A piece of fiction is written because it’s waiting to burst forth from within you and you might just die if you aren’t able to put it into words. Don’t break the flow while you think about the rules. Keep this in mind and you are sure to write a winner.
Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author of 14 titles—12 romance novels & two short story collections, all on Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon.
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