“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
–W. Somerset Maugham
Ah, so this is why so many of us struggle in writing our novels.
It turns out there are no set rules. We make them up as a trudge along.
Or we toss them altogether, letting the narrative guide our tentative steps.
Is this worrisome to you? Or is it freedom?
When in doubt, folks — just write! Let the rest figure itself out.