If there is one thing I would encourage other young aspiring authors like myself to do, it would be to challenge the rules and guidelines of writing. We’ve been told “Brevity is the soul of wit,” so why not forget brevity and ramble for hours about nothing of any particular importance? We are told that if we wish to write well, we must read a lot. So for about a month, on a silly little rebellious campaign, I refused to read. I reasoned that if I drew inspiration from other writers than my writing would be less creative. Then we hear, “Avoid cliches.” Why not compose something almost entirely out of cliches and old lady sayings? People tell you cliches are “so over-used that they’ve lost their meaning,” but they don’t think about that. You still know what I mean when I tell you “It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.” It has just as much meaning as the first time some clever guy thought it up a hundred years ago. So basically, break rules. It’s not like you’ll get arrested for writing crimes.