Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
Some writing rules are not rules, certainly not rules that must be followed to craft understandable and engaging stories. Let’s look at some of the rules we can toss out.
Rules are important in writing—of course they are—because they help the writer convey meaning and emotion and story in the best possible manner for his readers. Yet, adherence to the rules at the wrong time can create soulless fiction. A reminder to create with abandon.
Writing teachers pound it into us. Books on writing repeat it until we feel we’ve been beaten. And if we’re brave enough to put our work in front of our peers for review, we are pounded yet again—Show, Don’t Tell, our critics intone. But what is meant by this frequently repeated advice?
We all need help with the rules of grammar and punctuation, but sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know. This list can help you with a few rules you might not be familiar with.