You're a storyteller. So tell me what I need to know, about the characters, and what they're feeling, and the events they're experiencing. Tell me what's so important about these people, and why I should be interested in what happens to them.
Don't show me how clever you are with the current incarnation of writing rules. Don't show me your awareness of the latest storytelling trends.
Instead, tell me a story that only you can tell. Tell me you trust your instincts about this particular tale. I'm willing to suspend my disbelief about a lot of things, as long as you entertain me, and make me care about your characters.
Have no doubts--I'm going to watch HOW you accomplish your storytelling feats. After all, I'm a writer too. But I won't be doing that while I'm engrossed in your story. That will come afterwards, when I finish racing through the pages, and barely have enough breath left to say, "Wow!"
I've read plenty of stories that were sheer technical perfection. . .but they left me unmoved. I knew exactly what the writer was doing, and why they did it. I could see how they followed every single rule: No adverbs. Jump right into the action. No flashbacks or backstory.
But that's all I could see. I couldn't see any life in the story. The characters were emoting, but they were not filled with emotion. They certainly weren't providing me with an emotional experience.
And that's the danger of not telling our stories the way they need to be told.
There's a reason you have certain crazy ideas pop into your head when you're writing. Explore those to the nth degree. See where they take you. You might have to retreat and rewrite and revise. But that's why erasers and delete keys were invented--along with thumb drives and external backup disks. You can investigate plot threads and storylines and character arcs to your heart's content, saving each discovery and deleted scene, until you decide on the best way to tell the story you've been carrying around in your heart.
That's the story I want you to tell me. The one that is filled with your passion, and your idealism, and your belief in the characters you've created. The one that bravely proclaims, "This story could only be told this way".
That's a book I can't wait to read.