What it Means When Someone Tries to Tell You THE Rules of Good WritingCharlie Jane Anders2/01/13 3:45pmFiled to: Writing adviceBooksWritingfree adviceTopFbtweet871EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThere's only one rule for how to write a story, and that's: "Write a good story." Apart from that, anything goes, as long as you can pull it off. (And some things are harder to pull off than others.) But sometimes, people will try and teach you ironclad rules of fiction writing. Like, avoid an omniscient narrator, or introduce your main character on the first page.