Break the Rules

A Pen In Each Hand

By Beaver

Janet Mullany, interviewed this month at Absolute Blank, has had success by pushing the boundaries of her genre. While writing “rules” and advice can be helpful, especially when you’re starting out, it can also hold you back. Sometimes to grow as a writer, you need to break the rules.

  1. Read a book in a genre you wouldn’t normally read. What convention, plot device, or style choice does it make use of that you could incorporate into your own work? Steal it.
  2. Write a synopsis for a) your current work-in-progress or b) an as-yet-unwritten story idea.
  3. Push the boundaries of your genre. Do something that will make your critique partners say, “You can’t do that!”
  4. Incorporate humor into a genre not known for being funny.
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