On not following the rules

I’ve noticed that writers and editors run out of things to talk about so they invent ridiculous rules that don’t exist outside their own heads, or they apply them like a toddler with a hammer. “Don’t use adverbs!” they say. You know, adverbs can be terrific.

Writing is never about 1 + 1 = 2. It’s about understanding how story works, and how the language works, and seeing how you can make the two fit together.

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