During Somerset Maugham's long life, he showed a remarkable understanding of human nature. He wore many hats in his lifetime. He was a doctor, a playwright, a secret agent during WWI, and a writer of short stories and novels.
I was amazed to discover over 800 quotations attributed to him, and found most of them to be quite relevant to the life of anyone who loves to write.
His message in the quotation above is one with which I wholeheartedly agree. There are no rules when it comes to writing a novel or any other creative work. Each writer is unique, and the method s/he uses to complete a work in progress is absolutely the only one that is correct in that moment.
We can all learn new tricks and techniques, and we can all use help, but in the end, it is up to each writer to develop his or her distinctive voice and style.
If you are a writer, you will know exactly what I mean.
Thanks for reading,