I’ve always had an intrinsic respect for Divine Order and Natural Law alongside an equally innate disrespect for some of the man-made rules that don’t seem to make any sense to me.
It’s hardly surprising that this was the cause of quite a few issues during my growing up years!
I simply didn’t respond to the “… because I say so” reason that school teachers often gave when I genuinely wanted to know “why?” I should do something in a certain way.
A Few Exceptions
With experience I’ve learnt to follow Divine Order as my highest authority and respect the importance of regulations to guide the different facets of everyday life.
Over the years I’ve successfully applied this more mature relationship with convention and found my peace with rules and abiding by them.
Yet for me there will always be a few exceptions, especially when it comes to creative expression and specifically to writing.
This is because breaking the rules that govern the creative arts can be completely liberating and is often a significant characteristic of the early stages of creation.
I’ve found that private journal writing with a “no rules” approach, for example, directly benefits my professional project writing.
When I’m writing in my journal, I love breaking all the rules of grammar, spelling and punctuation.
My sentences sometimes last a whole page and paragraph breaks only appear when a shift in topic or mood truly warrants one.
This creates a sense of expansive freedom that provides a fresh energy for me to draw on when it’s time to do what I call project writing like crafting some copy for an online class or writing a new blog.
Then I actively enjoy the creative discipline of crafting my words to reflect my message as accurately as possible and respecting the guidelines for effective communication.
It’s amazing how energizing a few “no rules” writing sessions can be!
So if you feel that your writing could do with an invigorating boost, perhaps it’s time to give yourself permission to break a few rules and see what shows up on the page as a result?
What are your thoughts and feelings about the idea of “no rules writing”? Please share your comments below.