At the last meeting, we had a special visitor. Kate's daughter, Sara, came to visit. She gave us a brief talk and answered questions about creative writing and her experience at college obtaining a degree in creative writing.
Topics covered included plot, character development, passive voice vs. active voice, and sentence structure. Her main point was "Go ahead and break the rules." Once you know the rules of writing, from sentence structure to story structure, then you can break them. Provided you break them for a reason, it will make your story more interesting.
Thank you for the interesting visit, Sara.