Guest blogger: Rachel Hauck
I’m just going to say it: Writers do need rules. Rules apply to structure – how a story is crafted and told. Voice and style are flexible. But story structure definitely has rules, and they give the author freedom to create.
A friend of mine was studying architecture. She loved drafting and creating beautiful buildings. She hated the rules and the math. Her professors would look at her designs and say, “Ruth, it’s gorgeous, but it’s going to fall down. You have to learn the math.”
She caved. “Once I learned the math and the rules, I had more options and more freedom to create what I wanted!”
The same applies to writing. A good story typically has certain elements.