I’m a couple of weeks late with this post. Not a great start to my resolutions, but late is better than never, right? (In my defense, I fell off the group list and didn’t receive a newsletter reminding me – I’ve signed up again!)
I don’t think there is a writing “rule” I regret hearing. We learn by considering the views of others, especially those more experienced. If anything, I’d prefer to see “rule” replaced with “guideline” or “suggestion”.
Writing “rules” conjure the idea of “magical formulas” and ignore the fact that writing, especially fiction writing, is as much an art as it is a skill.
Learn the “rules” and then break them, but learn them first.