“RULES” are annoyingly stubborn creatures that we have been trained to fear and pay attention too. So they are constantly interrupting my writing with comments like, “Hey, are you sure that shouldn’t be a semi-colon?”, or “I don’t think that opening sentence is as exciting as it needs to be!”, or “You realize that is a run-on sentence, don’t you?”, or some other drip of ice that starts to make the work heavier.
When those voices start talking, it helps me to remember that writing a story is not a one-step thing, and there is absolutely no RULE that says I need to “get it right” the very first time I put the words on my screen, or on paper, or wherever I put them.
For me, writing is a process that begins with a brain-dump of the story. My goal is to shut the thinking side of my brain off and to just LISTEN to the voice inside that has this story it wants me to hear.