“There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.” – Doris Lessing
If anyone ever ever told you that you can only write in a certain way they are not speaking the truth.
Writing novels should never look like a chore or bore you because you do not have to follow a particular pattern or write like another novelist to get your own audience.
That’s the thing about them; the more creative your novel is the better for all of us. You set the laws for your novel – how you want it to start, progress and how you want it to end. As long as it makes sense to your readers the rest of the world has no choice but to go with it. Novelist write stories that they wish they could find on the shelf, stories that keep circling in their head, the ones that make them smile in the midst of a large audience.
Writing novels and following ‘rules’ will restrict you. As long as you are a writer you must commit to giving your best to your readers every time you pick up a pen. No excuses, no going back.