The Greatest Writers of all Time Broke the Rules. That's What Made Them Great!

Every writer has something to say but...
Not every writer, writes technically correct.

The ones that stand out, the Faulkner's, the Twain's. They broke almost every rule in the book. 

Mona Lisa with long black hair.

Could you imagine telling Handel those musical notes won't work and really, he should be playing the harp instead of the organ. Telling, Leonard De Vinci that the Mona Lisa should have long dark hair. Or, that he was being a little too heavy with the gold leaf when he painted the Sistine Chapel. 

Don't get me wrong! They did have their nay sayers. Most artists do.

The same applies to writing. You can't please everyone.

People usually assess someone's writing within the first few pages. If they like it they read on, if they don't they toss it. They decide early on in your manuscript whether it's good or bad and whether the writing is accomplished technically enough to merit it any serious artistic evaluation, right from the beginning.  99 % of all manuscripts end up in the publishers garbage pile.  

Publishers are able to make this decision on those beginning pages. They look for fault, and if they find it, no matter how trivial, into the garbage it goes. 

To reach the highest possible levels of writing. You'll need confidence.

Believe in what you are writing. 

The art of writing cannot be taught, but the craft of writing can.

Forget about the rules... If you're not writing from the heart, you shouldn't be writing at all.  Rules for writing are made to be broken, go ahead! I dare you. Make those first few pages the best they can be.

After, you've written that master piece, from start to finish. Then and only then, start editing.

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