Writing that Ignores the Norm & Typical Writing Rules

Monday, May 01, 2006


Just out of curiosity, do any of you break the rules with your writing? I'm talking about the textbook, sentences-must-have-an-subject-verb-and-object rules. Do you ever use fragments? Play around with punctuation? Space your paragraphs to give feeling to your writing? What else?


There really are no "rules" to break. They are more "rules"-of-thumb than laws of the land. The trick is figuring out where you can go against the rules-of-thumb and have your work the better for it - and that takes experience reading and writing on the writer's part.