I remember when I started writing, I was surprised to learn there were so many rules I needed to learn—and follow.
Show, don’t tell.
Do not use adverbs in your writing.
Don’t use cliches.
Write a certain number of words per day to be successful.
And on and on.
But, I was also told something else: After you learn to follow the rules effectively and become successful, you may pretty much throw the rules away and write however you please.
The truth is, I think when we find ourselves “eligible” to abandon the rules, we will want to keep them because they make our writing better.
But like I told my critique group yesterday, I will rejoice when the rule about using minimal adverbs in writing is no longer required.
I can’t help it. I love those -ly words…
Lovely, slowly, carefully, brilliantly, passionately, and so on.
Oh, how I long to use them in my writing without feeling guilty!