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We need rules that can help us read our sentences with the eyes of outsiders who haven’t been listening to the ideas in our heads but have to rely on our words on the page. Such rules wouldn’t be writing rules, more writing signposts.
Having read “No rule should be followed over a cliff” so often I remember a holiday trip to Denmark. In Germany, people are used to railings and barriers that keep us away from cliffs, often with several yards between the railing and the cliff. It is impossible to look over the cliff and see what lies behind or below. In Denmark, we followed a path along a cliff. There were no railings, just an old sign half hidden between trees that reminded us of the danger. And we could see the danger, and the long way down to yet more cliffs and water.
A useful rule would always remind us of the long way down but let us ramble along the edge.
Remarkable comment, Martina!
And, thanks for keeping the discussion going :-)
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I think the question is if the benefits of not following the rule outweigh the risk of breaking it. Sometimes new authors break the rules because they don’t know they’re there or don’t understand how the “rule” really helps them make their writing stronger. You have to learn what the rules give you before you can judge well whether or not to break them.
If you break rules because you don’t care about the rules or break rules because you don’t know better or break rules just to prove you can, it’s probably not the right time to break the rules. Break the rules because the story or poem or whatever is stronger when the rule is broken.
I see a lot of people saying “oh, I’m going to write a second person story” just because they want to flaunt the rule or consider it something they have to do to prove some point that the rules don’t apply to them. In many cases, these stories would be stronger and connect better to the reader in first or third person instead. That’s breaking the rule for the wrong reason.
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