In the writing webverse I have heard lots of advice on what to do, or not to do, to increase your chances of being published. Now, I must point out that I do not write to get published. I write for me. And I would like to believe that to some extent, all writers write for themselves in some way.
If you are writing a specific piece with a mind toward publication there may be some standards you should hold yourself to. But remember these two points:
- The publishing world is always shifting and changing. So what is standard now may be a big mistake in the future.
- Many authors (and their work) have broken the rules and become very successful. It may be hard, but it is possible.
But even someone writing for publication should take time to write something, however small, that feels right to them. No matter what the publishing industry is looking for.
If you love to write the type of thing that breaks some convention or other - write it. Don't worry about what others think. Don't shape yourself or your writing just to please others. If you betray yourself, you betray your writing and your story.
Now, I should point out that if you have a flaw in your writing. Like you use the same sentence structure over, and over, and over (like I do), this is something you should change. But changing your voice just because someone else does not like it - bad!
So if it feels natural for you to write in third person omniscient - but the publishing world has put out a ban on that point of view - do it anyway. You may not be published but you will remain true to yourself.
*Sigh* Okay, I got that off my chest and I feel much better. I am very interested in hearing your thoughts on this subject.