This month's awesome co-hosts are: Eva @ Lillicasplace, Crystal Collier, Sheena-kay Graham, Chemist Ken, LG Keltner, and Heather Gardner!
This month's IWSG question: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?
The one rule I hear a lot, and I don't know if some people would even consider it a rule, is that you must plot out a story before writing it.
I'm a pantser. I've tried plotting, and my stories have deviated from the very general plans I'd laid out every time. I'd like to believe my muse has good instincts, and so I fly by the seat of my pants, loving every second of it.
From some of those that believe plotting is a must, they also add: an author cannot write quality books if they aren't plotted.
This I wish I have never heard. This is where my doubts creep in. Is the reason I'm not successful because I'm not a plotter? Do I lack a vital skill that might make me a great writer? It gnaws away at me, but try as I might to change from pantsing to plotting, I can't do it. My stories flow the way they want to flow, and that is at once both scary and joyful.
Happy New Year to you all!