I was out in the garage cleaning yesterday when I stumbled across a tote bag with a message I totally love.
"I" before "E"
Except after "C"
This is just something to think about. As you attend workshops, read craft books, visit blogs like mine, or talk to your critique partners, remember that the "rules you need to follow to be successful" are merely guidelines.
I always find it funny that as an English major, I am always having authors tell me about grammar rules. One in particular always shows up about writing in passive vs. active voice. Writers are always telling other writers (and me every now and then) that you SHOULD NEVER write in passive voice. The reality is that we often do write in passive, we speak in passive and sometimes, due to the fluency of the writing, it is the only way to do it.
We see rules all of the time about how to write a query letter. Again, there are no fixed rules other than be professional, communicate the story properly and submit to the guidelines of the editor or agent.
Now, with that said, is this a free-for-all when it comes to publishing? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Remember the statement I said in the last paragraph. Be professional. This is a business. Treat it as such. Along the same lines, don't try to do things your way because following the submission guidelines is tough.
Just a small thought for a Monday!