Break Every Rule (Sometimes)

A Pen In Each Hand

By Beaver

Take a writing rule that irritates you (e.g. “show, don’t tell” or “write what you know”) and write a short piece where you do the opposite of what the rule advises. Then, re-write the piece following the rule. Compare the two versions and mark the parts of each that you prefer. Take the time to consider why the rule works in some circumstances, but not in others. Finally, bring together the best of both versions.

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