So - I thought to myself - Self, what are the real rules of writing. And myself replied with this:
The Rules of Writing1. Thou Shalt Use Correct Spelling*
2. Thou Shalt Use Correct Grammar**
* - Exception: You may spell things improperly in dialog, but only if completely necessary.
* - Exceptions: You may use improper grammar in dialog, because let's face it - we don't all talk with the right grammar. Also, in the narrative this rule can be broken but only if completely necessary.
That's it. Those are the only two real rules of writing. And notice that even they have exceptions.
So what about all the other "rules" out there? Well, I think that they can be broken down into three different categories:
1. Best Practices
2. Personal Preference
3. Good Writing vs Great Writing.
I am going to do a series on my thoughts on each of these categories and which rules I feel belong in each one.
Would you add any rules to my list?