I'm not a huge fan of writing "rules". You know, the ones that tell you what you can and can't do as a writer. I do realize, however, that some of them are good suggestions put out by people who have been in the industry. So while I never give the rules control of my manuscript I do listen to what they are, or rather why they came about.
Tools have a specific purpose right? You wouldn't (I dare say couldn't) put in a screw with a hammer. At least not in any way that would allow the screw to function like it's supposed to. So I was interested when I found this post about rules as tools. When we know what we want to accomplish in our current work, then we can choose the rules, or tools, that will help us achieve it. the rest of the rules can stay in the toolbox and be forgotten until you're doing a job that might need them. It was an interesting way of looking at rules and I like the idea of making the "rules" work for me.
Then I found this. 15 things a writer should never do. But these actually make sense. These aren't really rules, just advice they've heard over and over from different authors over the years, and they actually make sense. For instance number 15 says never give up. That's a rule I could follow. Number one says don't assume there's a single path to follow to publication. If you want to know the rules inbetween you'll have to click over to the article but most of them made sense to me.
I'd love to know if you agree or disagree with any.