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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Rules Are Like Pie Crust, Easily Made, Easily Broken
First of all, a big thanks to Steph Damore for the Honest Scrap award! You should all check out Steph's blog if you haven't already- it's awesome!
So here's a present for all my followers! If your purty little mugshot is on the right of my blog, you've earned the Honest Scrap award too! Congrats!
And yes, I just used five exclamation marks in two paragraphs. Take that writing conventions! Hey! That brings us to the topic of today's post...
What writing convention do you get a little thrill out of breaking?
There are so many rules we writers are expected to follow: stick to said and asked as dialogue tags, don't use adverbs, nix the prologue, stay in one head at a time, use proper grammatical conventions, blah, blah, blah...
We all know the rules and we all know rules are occasionally meant to be broken. I'll let you in on a little secret. I love sentence fragments. LOVE them! And they're one of the things I bust my students for in all of their writing assignments. They're absolutely never, ever allowed to use them. That's one of those cases where you really have to know and understand the rule to know when to break it. And I do.
With relish. ;)
So, what rules do you get a kick out of breaking?