Hoping you can give me an opinion on this, because I am having a bit of trouble. I have bought some "How to write a novel books" and there is many idea's, things like "Don't ever do this, and You must do that or you will appear to be a bad writter. The problem with their ideas is that it hampers me, it ties me up and leaves me on the floor helpless. I will give you and example. The book advise to storyboard your whole story, working with index cards, from back to front. This is a critical thing and it must be done. My mind doesn't work like that.. When I start to write I plant a seed and it grows and twists as I go and I encourage it to flower and evolve. It grows thick and strong and full and becomes something wonderful, and I become lost in it, but there is no planning, other than a vague idea where I want to go. I don't want cards to trip me up, I want a full open canvas that I can go anywhere. I know my basics, I know how to tell a story I just don't know how to tell a story with index cards. I have tried it, I end up with a dead plant that lacks sunlight and energy and stinks of plastic. I almost don't want to learn how others do it, fearing of crippling my inner style and voice. I know I can capture my reader my way, and send them on a ride that they will always remember, I just can't do it with index cards. Am I the fool the book says I am? or can you write in your own stride to your own drum? Are these rules set in stone? or is in just one persons ideas on how they find success writing? It's intimidating a bit.