*Hello, lovely, peeps, Doris here with some thoughts, or maybe that should be rants.
This post follows on quite nicely from Ravenna’s excellent post from yesterday.
Namely, those folks that will tell you, you can’t do that, you shouldn’t do this, you will never find a publisher for that story, etc. You get the idea.
Well, guess what, folks.
If I had listened to folks, who said to me over the years that I can’t do XYZ… well, I never would have come over to England for starters. I recall my English teacher in Germany laughing in my face when I told him I wanted to live in England.
“You’ll never manage that. Your English isn’t good enough.”
Hmm, I wonder what he would say now that I have lived in the UK for almost thirty years, and have built a writing career in a language that I cannot speak, I wonder? 😉
I never would have married my husband. I certainly wouldn’t have had my big brood of nine children, and various fur babies, had I listened to the ,”You can’t do that,” brigade.
Rules are there for a reason, but that does not mean that you cannot bend them. What is right for one person is not right for another, and as long as whatever it is you’re doing is not illegal and/or harms another living thing then, by all means, go for it.
Never is that truer than in your writing. There are rules to follow, of course. Basic grammar and sentence structure need to be observed for starters, if for no other reason that your readers will have a hard time following your story otherwise.
If you’re submitting to a publisher, do read their submission guidelines and follow them. There is no point in submitting your greek tragedy style story to a publisher who requires a HEA. Or to approach a Christian publisher with your Erotica manuscript.
Common sense really. Rules in formatting also need to be observed, but as for the actual story line…
Make it your own.
Don’t try to emulate someone else whose writing you admire, whose sales you might covet, jump on the latest bandwagon, etc.
By all means, if you have a burning desire to write tentacled Aliens with three heads, who invade the old Wild West to have sex with Bisons, then do so…
Well, maybe not… you’d have a hard time selling that premise, I reckon 😉
You get the idea, however. Write what you want to write and don’t ever let anyone stifle your creativity. Be that in writing or simply living your life the way that makes you happy.
Be unique, be you, and enjoy what you do.
A word of caution here, however. Know the genre you’re writing in, and be sure to meet reader expectations. There is no point in re-inventing the wheel. Tropes work for a very good reason and you might throw your readers off if you veer too much away from them. Then again, playing with them is what makes you unique. Trust your instincts here and see where they take you.
Learn from your mistakes and never stop growing and pushing those boundaries.
That’s all from me today.
Do stay naughty now, will you 🙂