Okay, I've lost my focus. The focus should be on my readers. THEY'RE the ones I'm writing for, and somehow I lost sight of that.
On a writing loop someone asked if we have too many "rules" to the point that we're losing creativity in our writing and storytelling.
This was my response:
Are there too many rules? No. Not too many "rules." But when the rules become more important than the story, then yes, there are too many rules.
The reader wants a good story. Not perfect prose. Now, I'm not talking about poor grammar, lousy punctuation, etc. Although, I just demonstrated poor grammar and lousy punctuation in the previous line. Readers simply want a great story with sentences that get the point across than a bunch of perfectly written sentences that amount to borrrrrring.
And in my book, rules are meant to be broken, especially in a field that requires creativity. So, learn the rules. Learn to master them. Then break them. :-)
So, I'm back on track. I'm writing for my readers, not for the critics.