Self-publishing – why are there so many rules?
Look, the perk to being an indie author is having total control of creativity, deadlines, and event planning. But as I read author interviews, blog posts, and other internet fodder, I have noticed that there are a few specific “rules” that writers “must” follow.
No, I refuse to follow these stupid rules.
1. No, I won’t “kill my darlings”. If I like character, he or she will remain a vital component of the plot line. If I like it, it stays. End of story – no pun intended.
Characters will not simply give their lives for the greater good of this dumb rule. Hell, I am trying to convince my writing partner, James, to kill off the main character and salvage the villain.
*Well, in this case, my darling is not James’s darling. Ultimately, no one dies! Long live all of my darlings!
2. Our writing style is clear. Again, end of story. If I want to throw in an active verb next to an adverb, I will. If I want to put the word “said” after the last word the character said, I will.
“This is a stupid rule,” Kaisy said.
Yes – this is idiotic.
“I will not conform to this format,” said Kaisy.
This is my style – this is my rule.
3. I understand that authors need to write, write, and write some more to get their stories out to the public. However, how much is too much? Shouldn’t quality trump quantity? I honestly don’t know how authors spit out novels in mere minutes. The authors I know and love take years to fine tune and complete their works.
James and I have been working on our novel, StarChild, since 2012. StarChild has changed three times, and each time, it improves. God, if we published StarChild in 2013, our families would have disowned us for embarrassing the self-publishing community.
4. Lastly, who says I have to be on EVERY social media and publishing platform? There are way too many internet juggernauts. If you like City-State, read it. It’s right here.
Take your time.
Don’t quit your day job.
And consider the rules for writing – there are none.