It's the first Insecure Writer's Support Group post of 2017. Thanks to Alex and his co-hosts for putting this event together every month.
This month's question is: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?
Per the great Stephen King, "The road to hell is paved with adverbs." In other words, don't use adverbs.
I happen to love adverbs. I think they're lovely. I like how they sound and how they slip delightfully from the tongue. They display beautifully on the page and contribute meaningfully to the story being told.
I hate cutting them from my writing, but upon editing, I troll through the pages and spitefully kill the little darlings. (kill your darlings is from Stephen King's On Writing, which I highly recommend).
And that is the writing rule I wish I'd never heard of.
What's the writing rule you hate the most? Why?