I love rules.
I always attended all my college classes unless I was sick. I always tried to make the teachers like me all through high school by staying quiet in class. I never broke a rule if I could help it. I'm what one would probably call rigid or boring. Ask my former bookstore partner how I was about reordering according to the charts I made.
But I'm changing. I'm learning to be flexible. I'm learning there are many ways to go from start to finish. I'm learning that if I'm to write a book I enjoy writing--I have to let go.
I had an interesting discussion after my writer's group today with another woman who, like me, finds it difficult to write with abandonment. We are so structured about everything we write that each sentence needs to border on perfection before we move to the next.
Well--I'm happy to say--I'm breaking out of that pattern with the manuscript I'm now working on. But it isn't easy. I find myself starting to double check myself and writing from the head and not always the heart --where I think most good plots start from.
Are you breaking any rules today with your writing? What works for you?