Thursday, October 21, 2010
I am a rule breaker. I've probably broken every writing rule known to man in the course of drafting my stories.
And you know what?
I don't care.
I find it perfectly and spectacularly awesome that I can, amazingly, use astonishingly high amounts of -ly words in nearly every sentence. Really.
I love that I can allow myself to write without worry of run on sentences, or dangling modifiers.
Every time I see a missing comma it makes me smile.
My tense may change every other sentence, but that's okay because my character is being genuine.
It's the first draft, and I'm allowed to break the rules!
Will I go back and fix them? Yes.
Giving myself the artistic license to write whatever I feel allows me to be authentic to my voice -- to the character's voice. I can go back and refine it later.
It's what works for me. I allow myself to use "just" every other word if necessary, along with "so", "like", and "maybe".
Whatever works to get the words on the page.
What about you? Do you allow yourself to break the rules, or do you stress over every single word?