Fiction writers, especially those who are involved in their local literary community are used to getting a lot of advice from other authors on their craft. And if they don’t get enough pointers from their peers, there are countless books available on how writers can develop their skills and find success. Some of the advice can be quite useful.
However, there are many arbitrary rules that have been passed down from one generation of writers to the next, which do not necessarily apply to every story or every writer. While the oft repeated rules sound sensible on the surface and may be good general guidelines, they can, in some cases interfere with imagination and originality. There is a thin line between being guided by standards that help you to create compelling, well structured, comprehensive literature and blindly following rigid criteria that could stifle your creativity.
Here is a list of the most clichéd writing rules.