or the best thing i've ever thought to do

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Where in Dipper realizes that going dark-side isn’t exactly what he’d thought it’d be like.

One of the best pieces advice I’ve ever gotten about writing was after someone gave me a long list of rules a writer should know.

They said “and one last thing, no matter what the rule is, if your story doesn’t work because of a rule, then throw the rule out.”

I’ll always remember that. Because I think writers focus too much on what they should and shouldn’t do, what is good and bad, and what can or can’t be done. But the thing about good stories is, they surprise the reader. They take everything you’ve known and do the opposite.

Anyone can write, but not everyone can be a writer. Because being a writer takes a little bit of creativity, surprise, rebellion, and ingenuity that isn’t something a list of rules can teach.

So if there’s one thing I can share with any aspiring author out there it’s this: know the rules, obey the rules, worship the rules, follow the rules, think about the rules, use the rules as guidelines, bend the rules, break the rules, forget the rules, ignore the rules, create the rules, and above all else, fuck the rules.

—  KJS // A little bit of advice