There is nothing particularity creative about following a set of instructions on how to write a novel. It is perhaps even less 'creative' to base styles and conventions on work of writers and the tastes of readers who live before we were born.
Even the rules of this site seem to be anti-creativity. You discourage opinions and praise sources but that all seems - silly! If I ask a question no doubt somebody will point me in the direction of a popular book or article on the subject but, then again, assuming I was a 'serious' writer there's a good chance I would have read (or at least be aware of said book or article).
If I am to be honest, most of my writing skills have been developed by reading the work of novice writers and deciding what I don't like. Most of it is 'single threaded flat telling, 'this' happened then 'that' happened. So in my own work I look to develop a method to combat the issue. The solution did not come from a 'How to' book, nor did it come from an established author. It was inspired by a programming instruction.
If I've learned anything about novel writing it is that those 'rules' that are often quoted are put in place for novices. There are things you should not do because you're not good enough. Subsequently, ensuring you adhere to these rules will guarantee you life-long novice status.