Monday, 10 December 2012

Three rules for writing a novel.

So? Oh, here we are...

 ...and if HE doesn't know, what little chance have I?

I'm banking on the notion that really there aren't any rules.


But "It’s the cry of the artistic rebel who will go to the grave denouncing rules and techniques and anything that gets within a hundred yards of structure.

This does create a very good feeling, like you’re the king of the world. You can completely ignore all of the storytellers who came before you (be sure to call them hacks or sellouts). The fact that you’ll most likely not place your book anywhere shouldn’t hinder you from your intractable writing course."

(James Scott Bell said this in his excellent article How not to write a novel)

But I want to break the mould.

Do something original. As if.

It IS possible to do this within the rules.

Isn't it?