Wednesday, January 4, 2017

#IWSG: Writing Rules

... Yes, writing RULES the universe, but rules can ruin writing. When do you follow the rules and when do you break them? Well, that is certainly open for debate.

It's essential to know the rules and to choose consciously when breaking them, but there are SO many rules ... is it even realistic to know them all? No. That's why it's crucial to study and read and revisit the craft of writing as often as possible. The one rule I wish I'd never read is the one about split infinitives. I struggle constantly with them. They plague my writing - not by choice, but by personal blindness to them. Thank heavens for terrific critique partners who catch them for me.

Here are two more writing "rules" --- do you follow these?

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  1. I'm blind to a lot when it comes to my own writing. I'm often shocked when beta readers point things out I didn't see. haha But that's why it's essential to have them. :)

  2. I just came from someone's post who talked about split infinitives. Did you know that is a Latin rule? Not an English rule? Ironic, huh?
    Happy 2017!

  3. My editor hasn't ever given me a rough time about those, so I must not have too much of a problem. Funny how we all have our strengths and weaknesses, eh? Guess that's why we need each other so much--to balance.