Rules To Break (sometimes)

Here’s a story worth sharing from Write to Done: “10 Writing Rules You Can’t Break and How to Break Them,” a guest post by Eric Cummings. My favorite: “Write Exciting Titles, But Don’t Write Checks Your Butt Can’t Cash.” Now that’s a title. You’ll have to read it to find out what that’s about.

Another good bit of advice, “Write with Confidence, but don’t be arrogant.” Cummings gives a shout-out on this rule to politicos who call their rivals “pinheads” and other nasty terms. While his take on this seems to be aimed at pundits like Bill O’Reilly and folks of that ilk, I’d add in a 19th Century version of this from Oscar Wilde that I think makes much even more sense: “Kill your darlings.” If you look at a sentence you’ve just written, and think that you sound brilliant, you probably just sound arrogant to other people. Um, kind of like I just did.

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