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Writer’s Tip #4: When to Follow Rules

When you read your story, does it sound off? Maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong?

Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. I’ll point them out. They’ll come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make the adjustments. Add comments with your favorite editing fixes.

There are many books on writing, all with their own set of must-follow rules. Here’s my tip for you:  Never follow a rule over a cliff.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s editing a thriller for her agent that should be out to publishers this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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4 thoughts on “Writer’s Tip #4: When to Follow Rules

  1. Sorry Jacqui, I’m an old gold digger and if comment catches your watchful eyes please can you elaborate, possibly with an example, what you mean by ‘Never follow a rule over a cliff’. Thank you. Arun

    • That’s my way of saying, know a rule, but don’t follow it without engaging your brain. Decide if it works for your story at this moment. If not, knowingly ignore it. For example, if the rule is: Don’t use more than two adjectives for a noun, you may break that rule if it serves your story.

      Does that clarify it?

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