This post is timely for me as I’m brushing up on my writing skills. What I’ve found by reading various posts and looking at writing sites is that different people have different approaches and those approaches have worked for them. While I won’t dismiss them, I think that I have to look for my niche and work it accordingly.
Before your actually start your writing project, it is likely that you’ve read some books about writing, or at least visited some websites that are for writers.
They are going to tell you a lot about how to write. The advice or rules they offer are probably useful, and those are going to be helpful, particularly when you are lost or uncertain.
But keep in mind that those are rules which aim to generally describe the writing process, they may not fit into every writing project. And it is likely that your project is one of the unique ones that goes against the rules or guidelines.
So don’t freak out when you think you are going against the rules. When your story is a great one, who cares about the rules?