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Writing Stories Which Break the Rules
Discuss ways in which writers can tell stories that go against conventions and selling-points, and would likely struggle to find an audience. It is wonderful to think outside the box and try something new. It can be rewarding and even push the artform forward with innovation. Sometimes as writers we want to break the rules and disregard important aspects to character, plot, genre, dialogue, etc. that not only work, but are usually the foundation to good writing. We may be used to writing for an audience, but this time want to try something crazy and write a screenplay for a film when we have no idea who would watch it. How can we stay true to our artistic vision knowing we are doing everything all wrong? What are the benefits?
I concur. Thank you for an eye-opening article which provided new considerations when viewing AHS.
I agree also. Sometimes there is this notion amongst artistic types that it is a triumph to be “a natural” or self-taught (with the implication of being unaffected). This is a pitfall. Even the most proficient writers can benefit from being taught their craft. The more important things are to maintain your voice and unique point of view, and to actively practice writing within your studies.
I agree. And I enjoy articles like this because it reminds me that I am not the only one paralyzed and stuck in the web of my own perfectionism. It can be discouraging when we hear other writers talk about how writing is their escape, bliss, or enjoyment. Writing can be painstakingly cruel, and certainly not fun or enjoyable at times. That’s okay.
This is essential advice, and often easier said than done. Even if you get yourself to write (badly) for 5 minutes consider it a victory when you’re stuck. You can always revisit the writing later.
Freewriting can help. Although when I use those strategies I hardly ever write anything useful in the present and easily dismiss it. It is only later when I revisit my notebook or Word documents that I find an idea or even a few sentences that are actually quite good and become the basis for a new writing project. I think as a writer it is important to repurpose your work.