People love rules – in writing as in everything else. Lists of rules litter the internet: “Five rules for better paragraphs”, “Seven habits of successful writers”, “Ten top tips for clearer writing”. (Those latter two might be labeled “habits” and “tips”, but they’re really presented as rules: do this and you will be successful; don’t, and you won’t.) I haven’t read “Rules for Writers”, but I’m willing to bet it’s just chock full of rules for writers. Sometimes you can tell a book by its cover.
There’s really just one rule of writing, though, and that is There Are No Hardfast Rules. Continue reading