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Writers Must Follow Their Own Path

Updated on October 10, 2013

Is This You?

It is human nature to instinctively rebel at obscurity or ordinariness.

Taylor Caldwell

In a very real sense all writers are rebels, are they not? While the sane walk around us, working their daily jobs, playing games, drinking of the daily elixir of life, we sit at our desks and dream of things that never were. We inform, we cajole, we inspire and we anger. We tilt at windmills, we entertain, we reflect and we spread hope. Nine to five is for losers, baby, and although we may be a strange lot we sure ain’t losers.

Honey Boo Boo or write another chapter in our book? No contest! Clean the house or write a new article? No contest! We stay up until the dawning hours working on the “perfect” line; we enter the writing tunnel and do not see family and friends; we laugh at financial security in lieu of listening to an inner voice that continues to prod us, poke us and haunt us.

We are rebels and damn proud of it!

When I first started writing this article I almost titled it “Writing Rules For Writing Rebels” but then realized that rebels follow no rules, so I quickly changed it to “tips” so at least you would read this far.

Trimming away unnecessary rules of writing
Trimming away unnecessary rules of writing

Yes There Are Rules of Grammar

Without a doubt there are, and a writer would be wise to follow them most of the time….but…..the great writers of the past, and the great writers of today, and the great writers in the future, found a way, or will find a way, to break those rules so that it benefits them and by extension benefits us, the readers.

So what I am about to suggest are rules that you might consider breaking from time to time. If nothing else it will be a good writing exercise. Quite possibly, however, you just might fine-tune your writing style and come up with something that will elevate you to the next level.

Are you ready to break some rules?

Words of advice from King

PROTAGONISTS DO NOT HAVE TO BE LIKEABLE

I have mentioned this before but it is worth repeating. I have two words for you regarding this tip….Hannibal Lecter! Enough said!

One of the great literary protagonists and there wasn’t a good bone in the man’s body…but boy oh boy did we love him.

It’s not necessary that your readers like your protagonist; it is only necessary that your readers find them fascinating. If your writing makes us care what happens to your protagonist then you have done your job as a writer. We can make friends somewhere else; we don’t read books to make friends. We read books to be entertained, so make your protagonist entertaining and don’t worry about winning popularity contests with him or her.

DIALOGUE CAN BE SHORT, LONG OR IN-BETWEEN

I read once that dialogue should not be longer than three lines. Well I say bull to that! What dialogue should be is engaging. What dialogue should be is intelligent and intriguing and informative. If it takes more than three lines to achieve that then I say go for it!

If you write well then your readers won’t care how long the dialogue is. If you write poorly your readers will be begging for brevity. Pretty simple, eh? I have poked fun from time to time at Russian novelists, but the truth is that some of them are among the classics of this business, and they achieved that level with dialogues that would be considered rambling if done by a lesser writer. Their talent made it work, and yours will as well, provided you have talent. J

YOU DON’T ALWAYS NEED A VILLAIN

It all depends on what you are writing. Of course, if you are writing a murder mystery, you need a murderer. Of course if you are writing a thriller about terrorists, it would help to have a terrorist. But what if you are writing about personal struggles?

My mind immediately thinks of Citizen Kane. No antagonist in that story at all; just the internal struggles of the main character and that is all that was necessary to tell a classic tale.

In some stories, the setting is the antagonist and not a person at all. A man lost in the wilderness does not face a flesh-and-blood foe but rather nature for survival.

Sometimes rules need to be tossed out
Sometimes rules need to be tossed out

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FULL CHARACTER BIOGRAPHIES ARE NOT NECESSARY

Without a doubt we want our readers to know our characters and to associate with them as real people but….rambling on for pages with a character description is not necessary. You can achieve the same thing by using snippets of information, or by using visualizations, or flashbacks, or…..

The point is that you need to trust your writing style. If your style is good then the reader will learn about your characters through the magic of your story construction.

Think of it this way: when we meet a person for the first time, we do not ask them for an autobiography so that we can get to know them better. We learn about them from constant interaction with them. We pick up bits and pieces about them and through those bits and pieces we get to know them as a person.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO BE ORIGINAL AND CUT YOUR OWN SWATH

Do not avoid complicated. Do not avoid unpopular genres. Do not avoid the ugly. In fact, do not avoid anything that is out of the norm simply because it is out of the norm.

I have this theory about writing and it goes something like this: if your writing is exceptional then it makes no difference what you are writing about…people will read it. I have a story in the back of my head that is just waiting for the right time to escape. It is about a child molester, as ugly a man as you would ever hope to meet. I want to write it in such a way that it turns your stomach and makes you want to vomit, but at the same time I want it so powerful that awareness of this sickness will be raised to higher levels.

I’m not a good enough writer yet to do that, but the day will come.

Make your own path in writing. Do not follow the crowd simply because it feels safer to do so.

HAPPY ENDINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS NECESSARY

There are not always happy endings in real life so why should there always be a happy ending in stories? I read a book awhile back, and I really associated with the protagonist. He was a guy who simply could not get his act together, and he continually made the wrong decisions and of course had to pay for those decisions. He finally met the woman of his dreams, and fell in love, and it appeared his struggles were coming to an end…and then he died in a random robbery at a convenience store while shopping for a snack for his new love.

Realistic? You bet it was, and the ending left me feeling sad, but I’ll tell you something else about that ending….it stayed with me for two years and I still think about it from time to time.

Be consistent with your story and your characters. Do not tailor your ending to make everyone smile just because you think they deserve to smile.

Follow your own path in writing
Follow your own path in writing

That’s Enough for Today

That should give you something to think about, so I’ll stop for now. You can bet I’ll be back with other tips and suggestions for you to ponder the next time you sit down to write.

Can you rebels summarize this entire article in less than ten words? Let me give it a try….

Follow your own path and work your craft.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I got it before the ink dried again --- remember when you could hear the paper boy throw the paper -- Billybuc is my paper boy.

      Now I must tell you that this is good for writing. But you know by now I am a preacher man. And this is the best article ever written for instruction on preaching. Get to it!!! Cut to the chase. Stand for something or you will fall for anything! Be who God made you, not somebody else.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, your message is received. In fact, I have a hub coming out later this week about being who God made you....no doubt you will approve.

      The paper is delivered; now I have to go to my next job. :) Thanks buddy!

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      I love this. Seriously, I will sometimes even when writing an article look at it and fear that I have missed something or that I have done something wrong, but you are right about going with your instinct and gut at times. So really couldn't agree with you more there. And as always you pretty much had from the first line! That said hope you are enjoying this Tuesday after Labor Day now.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I love this, Bill. You don't know how many times I tell spell/grammar check to ignore it's 'rules'. Sometimes you just gotta write it the way you say it for it to make any sense or to have the reader relate. I guess we're rebels with a cause, huh?

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Bill, good morning to you, my friend!

      It's nice and cool over in this corner of the state...at least for the time being. Walla Walla Valley weather is entering that meteorologically schizophrenic time of year; never a smooth seasonal transition area, that's for sure. But it's a great atmospheric catalyst for writers, like that first hint of hot apple cider tantalizing one's nostrils, tickling that part of one's brain just enough to flick that mystical creative switch that takes one up to the next floor in the literary department store.

      And this, my friend...this alluring invitation for rebellion...especially sweetened with a video underscoring Stephen King's admonishment to wannabe writers who don't think they need to read AND your reference to one of my favorite anti-hero protagonists--Hannibal Lecter--is like a jailed protester hearing the next morning words, "Hey, you! Somebody just bailed you out!"

      Awesome Tuesday hub, Bill! Thanks for the great tips here! I'll be mulling these over in my mind as I walk this morning! Aloha, and have a great rest of the day!

      ~Joe

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Right Bill -- we got lawns to cut and fences to paint!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, there are times when you just have to trust yourself as a writer, and toss away the established rules and go for it. I love those times when creativity takes over and rules fly out the window.

      Thank you as always my loyal friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rebels till death, Sha, and proud of it. :) We are the pilots of this plane, and we determine the course and the flap angle and everything else...so get out there, spread those wings and fly, baby, fly. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cooler weather here, Eric, and rain. A good day to be a writer. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, you make me laugh every time you comment. I am buried today my friend. Too many customers asking for way too much.....a problem of too much success. LOL

      Cooler weather here as well and I love to write as the rain falls. Very relaxing day, buddy, and I'm in work mode for sure.

      Have a great day; glad I could bail you out.

      Aloha

      bill

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I agree with all of your salient points, Billy. There are times when the rules of the road – the “never evers” -- are annoying. For example: Never begin a sentence with a conjunction, such as ‘and,’ ‘but,’ etc. Oh, really? Perhaps someone should alert John Grisham to this rule, as well as other very successful and popular writers. Another example which you have already pointed out is that people never speak in more than three sentences at length, at any point in time. Hmm. Do they have a dialogue egg timer or sentence clicker counter hidden somewhere I haven’t heard about? Loved this hub, as usual, Billy. :-)

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Bill

      How blessed teachers would be if you would turn all of your writing articles into a book or booklet. The information you have been giving out over the past months would be helpful, very helpful to teachers and hence to their students. Finding the way to tap into the creative genius that lies dormant in so many is a real gift. And your articles lay that foundation.

      Thanks again for another stepping stone to finding the best story (article) we can find within us.

      Angels are on the way ps

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      I guess we have to have the courage of our conviction. If it pleases me to present my writing in a certain way, then that is all that matters to me. I can't help thinking sometimes that writing really is an art form. Would an artist paint over something just to please someone? Would I want to do it the same with my writing to please anyone. Never!

      I think I must be one of the stubborn ones. You always give me a lot to think about Bill. Have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, you made some great points with solid examples. I read constantly and I see so many rules broken that it really doesn't even register with me any longer. It seems to be the norm rather than the exception. Good writers find a way....period!

      Thank you as always Genna!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great advice, and well worth the read, a meaningful and useful hub, to all writers well done an informative hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I actually finished that book. Bev and I have to find the time when we can both sit down and get it formatted in book form for Kindle. It's coming I promise, and thank you for your suggestion.

      I appreciate you being here once again; I thought you were taking a break. :)

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Excellent Sally...writing is an art and should be treated as such. Writers should create and feel the freedom of creation. Rules are the exact opposite of creation...or close to it. :)

      Thank you my writing friend.

      bill

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi billy, I agree with you on the dialogue. I cannot abide those books when someone keeps on about the background for pages and pages. I get the point I want to hear people! lol! Stephen King drives me insane with his background of peoples lifes, he writes about five pages about them, what their dad did, what their mother is making and so on, and you just get used to them and he kills them off! lol! great read as always, nell

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Here I am Bill, your faithful student. Do you see me here amongst all your other students? I love you Bill. I love the way my pulse speeds up with excitement as I read your lessons on being a better writer. I love that you are the kind of man who is willing to share your endless knowledge with us. And I love that you present this knowledge with brilliance and simplicity.

      As a great man and writer taught me this morning "Make your own path in writing. Do not follow the crowd simply because it feels safer to do so."

      Be safe always, be blessed with the inner desires of your big heart and accept a hug of thanks from your grateful student ~ Audrey

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      You know I had to read this one Bill--I too think most rules are meant to be broken--it is just a question of when and how and why--

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      BRAVO! Of course I'm a rebel. I love your various ideas about making a story or characters unique. One story I can think of that I would've thought the author was nuts if I knew about it before I saw the movie was the idea for "Castaway" starring Tom Hanks. I couldn't imagine the majority of a story involving only one character like that. Well, two characters if you count the volleyball - which in itself was so unique it was amazing. I think that just goes to show what awesome stories can be told when people are brave enough to blaze a new trail.

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      Charles Dawson 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA

      Definitely useful information here. I will be coming back to it again and again. Thank you sharing these valuable lessons.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, DDE...I appreciate you always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL..I love your line about King, Nell. He kills them off! LOL thanks for my laugh this rainy morning.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, such a lovely thing for you to say. Thank you my dear....I want people excited about writing....they should be. They are creating something for the Ages every time they sit down at the computer, and how cool is that? :)

      love and thanks

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is indeed, AudreyHowitt....someone mentioned earlier that writing is an art....we need to be more creative and break the rules from time to time.

      Thanks Audrey....you are always welcome in my writing neighborhood.

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      Alice Ann Day 3 years ago

      Actually when I got midway into this hub I voted. I ticked the bottom box, but by the time I got to the end I wish I'd ticked the middle one. I don't think I've had the guts or maybe the gift of being a rebel yet. But I want to, I really do. I loved this hub, absolutely excellent. Only a writer really knows how another writer thinks about his passion. I will always write even if I'm financially poor in the process. But I would love to be financially free through my love, my hobby. We cant have it and have it. Oh, to think of that story line to make the break hey, along with the grammar, good style and everything else that goes along with being a good author.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, great example...I had forgotten about Castaway, but talk about breaking the rules. Quality will find a way my friend.

      Thanks for letting me mention you in the hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      chuckd, it is my pleasure. I'm a teacher and this is what I love to do. :) Thank you!

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      Don A. Hoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      We all come to writing with different attributes.Authors range from high school dropouts to college professors. They come from white collar, blue collar and whatever classes are defined now. They have one thing in common, the desire to tell a story. Therefore, I agree with you that rules have to be seen as useful but not absolutes.

      I recall in high school Algebra a student telling the teacher "rules are made to be broken."

      The teacher replies " Yes, but you have to know the rule before you can break it."

      Be a rebel but be on firm ground.

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      rdsparrowriter 3 years ago

      Hi Bill I find this very encouraging as I'm hesitating to continue the story which I've started to write in hubpages. Thank you :)

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      The happy endings theory.. The issue is that we all like loose ends tied up at the end of the book or a promised sequel. I personally like happy endings...I don't know if I am a rebel...that one takes some pondering.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      To thine own self be true...you said it. Well you didn't but...ah Hp is not reading this. You said it! lol

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alice, thank you and yes, only a writer knows what a writer endures. It is the quest that we all are on; hopefully we find a way to make some money while on that quest. :) Best wishes to you my friend.

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      mejohnson 3 years ago

      I'm loving this hub!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      dahoglund, perfectly stated. As a former teacher, I embrace the rules of writing and I think they are absolutely necessary...as is the creative freedom to push the limits and find our own path. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      RD, don't hesitate...write! Reach inside of you and find the story. You will not be disappointed.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I think by our very nature writers are rebels. We follow a path few can understand...and God bless us all. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, you cracked me up....ah, HP is not reading this. LOL probably not, but I did, and I loved it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mejohnson, I'm loving you loving it. :) Thanks!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Another great hub Billy! I'm definitely Rebel! 100% LOL

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      Mark G Weller 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Hoist the sails and the weather be dammed!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crafty, I'll proudly stand with you in the Rebel line. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love it Mark...be damned for sure.

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      I love this hub! I need to rebel more. I'm going to start by taking my stalled novel and turn my perfect and lovable protagonist (the novel is semi-autobiographical - JK!) and turn her into a complete and utter bitch. : )

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LMAO....Deb, you had me literally laughing out loud with that last line. Well then Power to the Bitches of the world!

      Thanks for the great laugh.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Another great hub! I so agree with your words 'we learn about them from constant interaction'; it's so boring when writers bang on with a full character description at the start - very Dickens (or shouldn't I criticise the great?)! Yes, that's another rule to be broken. I'm definitely a rebel. I was only bemoaning hubpages yesterday - don't have subheadings in lower case, don't do all capitals..... Sometimes it's RELEVANT!!! It cramps my style to comply but I do it here because I'm in their club and those are their rules. The hugely successful writers have become so through being out of the ordinary - I'd like to be one of those. There are times when I feel like being totally contraversial and revolutionary - but, like you, I'm waiting for the time when it'll be right. Our day will come! Power to the rebels! Have a great evening! Ann

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      Melissa Propp 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Great advice Bill! I'm more of a rebel-wanna-be, but I love reading stories written by "rebels" who don't follow the formulas. Those are often the most memorable.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, we will let you into the rebel club any old time you ask. :) Our door is always open and there is only one rule: there are no rules! :) Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, you had me laughing with that comment. Power to the rebels indeed. As for HP...I just ignore their silly little rules as best I can. They can teach someone to be a good "Hubber' but they do nothing to improve one's writing. :) Thank you my friend and I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday since Tuesday is about done for you.

      bill

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Fantastic message here, Bill. I never grow tired of hearing about Hannibal Lecter. I think I've read the books and seen the movies dozens of times and I'm all up for seeing them again! I think I have a bit of the rebel in me. It's getting more and more pronounced as days go by! LOL.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Liz

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Thanks a lot, Joe. Now I'm craving apple cider. ;-)

      Hemingway was a brilliant grammar rebel.

      That's all I can contribute today.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      This one is a real keeper, Bill. Perhaps I feel that way because I am a "sometime" rebel writer. If the story in my mind doesn't have a happy ending, I don't try to force it. I certainly hope readers will recall my sad stories the way you're reminded of that sad story you used as an example.

      The phrase "cut your own swath" spoke to me in a dramatic fashion. I read that and immediately visualized my computer screen with a machete hacking its way through my prose, getting rid of all unnecessary verbiage that would weight it down. I want my writing voice to affect readers of my work in a memorable way and try to keep this objective at the forefront of my mind.

      Another terrific writing lesson. I'm just a bit late in the day getting to it.

      Voted Up+++

      Jaye

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, peace out young lady and thanks for crashing in my pad this afternoon. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, I am the same way. I grew up in the Sixties and I'm a bigger rebel today than I was then, and that's saying quite a bit. :) Thank you and I happen to think you are an excellent writer and better person.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, you and I want the same thing from our writing. I want my readers to be stunned, or blown away, or at the very least thinking for hours about what I have written....and I'm the only one who can achieve that, and at times I have to say "to hell with the rules" and find my own path.

      Thank you my friend.

      bill

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      L.M. Hosler 3 years ago

      The stories with the sad or not so ending, I always keep trying to rewrite them in my head for awhile after I read them.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LM.....LOL...I do the same thing. Too funny!

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      They pulled my comment before it saw the white paper.

      I was going all rebel-like and making reference to yesterday's inspiration.

      I said something like, "Dusting is for puppies!!" But, I used a different

      word than "puppies", and those nice people at HP cut my comment completely out.

      So, I have to say that this is a splendid Hub with wonderful advice.

      Keeping it real, and trying to stay out of HP jail.

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....DJ you kill me. What am I going to do with you? You can't seem to stay out of trouble without my help. Sheez, girl, would you just play nice like the rest of us? LOL

      NOT!

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      You are something else...how in the world do you write so much??? This is great. I got a laugh of "Power to the people, baby! Right on!"

      I am a rebel and it is in my nature, I just have to admit it and accept myself.

      Thanks for helping us to spread our wings! I see you flying so freely and high.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Really, this is great for today. I smiled through the article. I find this exceptionally motivating. Thank you, Bill.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Good hub, Bill. You are right: it really comes to good writing. If it's good, then nobody will care if you obey the rules.

      I am not a rebel though, I do obey the rules - I know: I am so boring! :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Monis, we all need boring to bring sanity to the world. Too many rebels makes for a very crazy world. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora! Your compliment is greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, writing is in my blood. The ideas come and the words flow and out pops another hub. :)

      Thank you my dear friend and blessings to you always.

      bill

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      billy, I was always taught to follow the rules, do the right thing, make as many people happy as possible. Thank you for permission to do my own thing, no matter what. Thank you for permission to break the rules, and to feel good about doing just that. Thank you for allowing me to maybe make someone a little sad, if it suits the story. Thank you for being such a great teacher ;) Pearl

      Voted Up++++

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, Pearl, thank you! I was raised by nuns, so you can guess how I feel about rules. LOL I'm going to break as many as I can now to make up for lost time. :)

      bill

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Gotcha Bill, as long as you are you as a writer, it works! Self respect and respect for others is what always works, in anything we do.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is another very inspirational article, Bill. As always, thanks for creating it.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Bill,

      You have written this at the precise time, ironically, I had all of this on my mind, and I am sick to death of the "rules" ... and I am working on something right at this time that speaks to such.

      Well, it is 1:22 a.m. here, so you're right, they do not understand us, way beyond the 9:00 to 5:00 and then some!

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you again for this. I'm back to where I was 2 years ago. I don't know how much time I have left. My writing is very fan driven.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Despite being a rebel, I am a stickler for grammar. You know that annoying person who always corrects your sentences while your talking? That's me. But when the rules get in the way of the objective, then they have to fall to the wayside and I go with my instincts. My bosses hated it when I went rogue like that even though they got the results they wanted. Which is why I no longer have a boss.

      Great hub, Bill with lots of food for thought.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Your rebel Irish student checking in! Yes another with rebel as her middle name, always have been and always will be. It has been part of my nature to carve my own path, not be a follower but be followed, so to speak! I enjoyed this so much, tips made to be broken but as long as we understand the "expected" way we know how to rebel eh?!! LOL

      Be good and if you can't be good be the rebel with a cause! Thanks my friend for another wise installment from your valuable lessons.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Back in the 1950s my father wanted to start a restaurant that just sold hamburgers and french fries. Everybody laughed at him, who ever heard of such a thing? Well, I don't have to tell you. BE A REBEL!!! If he'd been a rebel I'd be rich ;)

      Your writing helps us find the way....who better than a rebellious Baby Boomer?

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Midget, you summarized perfectly. :) Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And I thank you, Alicia, as always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, in this instance you were the perfect simile for this hub. :) Thank you and I look forward to reading your work.

      blessings always my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, fan-driven and entertaining always. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, bosses have a way of cramping our style and creativity, and like you said, if the job gets done then what difference does it make?

      Proud to call you a rebel friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, a rebel with a cause. I will always gravitate towards the rebels in any situation. They are the ones with fire in their eyes who hear a voice few hear. Love it!

      Thanks Irish!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I think your dad might have been on something there. LOL Baby Boomers rock and always will. Proud to be one.

      Thanks Mary; you are a gem!

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Excellent tips, Bill. I think about the rule stating: 'Do not start sentences with and or but,' every time I break the rule, and laugh like crazy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I break that one quite often and love it....I think of the nuns who taught me to diagram sentences and what they would say now. LOL Good morning and thank you as always. Have a great Wednesday!

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      Erik Kollasch 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Powerful words of advice, I love your enthusiasm! It makes me excited about writing and want to start again right away.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Distracted, that is music to my ears. I hope you do and I'll be smiling when you sit down and start writing. :)

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      You always know what to say to help. Thanks for this.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      I liked the title, I really liked the sentiment, and I loved the hub.

      Following the rules all the time would extinguish individual creativity, and we can't have that!

      Very shrewd and well pinpointed.

      Anna :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, you are a good writer. Believe in your abilities.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Anna! Did you ever think you would hear a teacher say don't follow the rules? LOL

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Maybe. The really good ones always seen grey not just black and white.

      You are definately one of those good ones.

      :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks Anna from Scotland. :)

      How's the weather over there these days? We are still having the summer of a lifetime with no end in sight, highly unusual because here in Washington we have weather similar to yours there.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Just enough for a tease, then wham! How's that for a winner, Mr.H?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That would do it, Deb! :) Love it!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      Billy,

      I think I try to follow these tips. My characters have both good and bad nature. I have never created a well crafted villain, and I like to evoke sadness in my endings.

      Thanks for the quick reminder.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, sadness is a very effective ending.....thank you for sharing your experience.

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great tips and advice Bill. Thank you again, for sharing these with us. :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Dahlia! I hope you are well my friend.

      hugs and blessings

      bill

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Wow - I don't know how you do it, but you always write about things that, after I read them, make me say, oh yeah, that totally makes sense. I always enjoy a book where I end up liking the bad guy. It gives me much more to think about.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Me too, Glimmer! Likable bad guys are tough to write but so very enjoyable.

      How do I do it? I'm a writer so that gives me a little insight into what writers need. :)

      Thank you as always!

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      "While the sane walk around us, working their daily jobs, playing games, drinking of the daily elixir of life, we sit at our desks and dream of things that never were. We inform, we cajole, we inspire and we anger. We tilt at windmills, we entertain, we reflect and we spread hope. Nine to five is for losers, baby, and although we may be a strange lot we sure ain’t losers." Love, love, love it. You are getting better and better and better.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crystal, that is the highest compliment you could pay me. Thank you! :)

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Buddy bill....."Follow my own path?" "Rebel?"......HA! I'm SURE we know each other well enough, bro......Comment not necessary!!!!! UP+++

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No, Paula, no words are needed. :) I hope all is well; thank you!

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