Writing fiction is like cooking without a recipe. My sister is a wonderful cook. Everything she makes is truly delicious (seriously, just thinking about Thanksgiving at her house makes me hungry). And whenever I ask her what recipe she used to make a certain dish, she gives me the same answer--she didn't use one. My sister cooks by instinct.
This is the way I write. I don't like to follow the rules and add just a pinch of this or a dash of that. Because I want my writing to have a uniqueness that belongs to me. If you have ever read any of my posts about outlining, you already know that I don't outline because it limits my creativity. I also don't like to follow rules. In my day job, I am a practicing attorney so I have a professional responsibility to follow rules. This is why I look at writing as an escape, and with that escape, the freedom to break rules.
So if you are like me, and you are a rule-follower by day, I challenge you to break rules in your writing. Play with fragments, made up words, even mixed metaphors. See where your creativity takes you. Maybe you will stir up something delicious!