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Time to shatter a few rules….Have fun.

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Feeling Frisky and Breaking the Rules
Written by Shawn MacKenzie

Katharine Hepburn said, “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”

Today, in the spirit of Ms. Hepburn’s wit and ribald spring, I am going to talk about rules and their breaking.

As a matter of principle, I believe rules should be broken – at the very least bent – whenever and wherever possible. This presupposes the breakage is done with knowledgeable deliberation and no one gets hurt in the process. (Those falling sentence fragments can be lethal!)

breaking-rules bird on top of sign no birds circle with line through it

Of course, in writing – as in life – some rules are more flexible than others. And some seem downright arbitrary, especially when it comes to fiction. Here are a few of my particular favorites:

Avoid split infinitives. One wishes to generally do this as a matter of clarity, and I like to think this was the rule’s intent…

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