“Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.”
— Truman Capote (1924-1984)
I’ve never said that all writers should always follow the “rules” of writing. I’ve merely suggested that it’s always good to at least know why conventions exist. When you know what the boundaries are, you know when you’ve reached a point where you need to cross them, and why. I don’t think that kind of thinking sabotages good writing.