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Chapter One. It Means Something > A Word about Rules

A Word about Rules

At some point while writing this book I threw a question out to many of my readers through my blog, Facebook, and Twitter: If I were writing a book that explored composition, what kinds of topics would you like to see discussed? What kinds of questions would you be reading this book for in hopes of finding answers? I got really good stuff—questions which, in some cases, pushed me harder to find clarity on topics that aren’t always easy to discuss. But one of the questions that kept rearing its head had to do with rules and was expressed in a way I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to give a satisfactory answer to. In its many forms, it went something like this: How do I know when to follow the rules and when to break them? After thinking about ....


  

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