The Rules and Creatively Breaking them   Leave a comment

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The rules of writing are a contentious concept. On the one hand, there is no definitive set of rules. On the other, there’s an enormous volume of advice and guidance that is often presented as canonical. There is a great deal to be learned from what is presented as rules, but trying to follow all at once will put your writing in a strait-jacket.

I use the word ‘rules’ with my tongue in my cheek, knowing that most writers regard themselves as rule breakers and subversives. It might be more accurate to call them ‘guidelines’, but where’s the fun in breaching the guidelines? It sounds like a circular from the Human Resources department. There is, however, one definitive rule to apply to everything presented as a rule. That rule is to understand the rules, and where and how to apply them.

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Posted November 5, 2014 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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