Grammar is what always stopped me from writing. I had never formally learned proper grammar and punctuation and it stunted me or retarded of delayed my progress in that area.
But it actuality, it allowed me to not get bogged down by being right in how I use the rules, and instead I use the rules to do what they were meant to do: express a precise purpose. Writing is a creative expression. And in a truly creative expression I needn’t have rules that are rigid but better rules that are flexible. It’s my voice my message. I know where and what kind of pause I want my reader to have, not because it’s correct in a rule sense, but because it’s correct in a purposeful sense.
So often it is the case that with rules, they are originally established to help with precision, but later, it becomes more about the rules themselves and not their purpose. Such is the case with grammar that can be traced back to Ancient Greek, Protagoras and the sophist movement – but their reason for creating such a system was for my precise communication; more accurate expression of ideas.
Therefore, when writing, use the rules, but don’t let the rules use you by limiting your means of expression.