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  • December 11, 2017

Erase The Rules

The cat got asked this the other day, and since it would take over a year to show at his sea, I kicked it over to mine. How do you deal with all the rules? That was the question at play. Why they asked the cat…or me pretending to be a cat…is beyond me, but I can answer it with ease. I don’t. Easy enough, right?

Now they weren’t talking grammar rules or such. Sorry. You still have to know the difference between there, their, and they’re. They were talking about articles here, there, and everywhere. And being here, there, and everywhere they found that many contradict one another.

So what is one to do? Create your own rules. Like anything, most of these “rules” are just opinions. Take what you like, ditch what you don’t. Doing what works for you will always make you more productive. Why? Because you are more comfortable doing it that way. Unless your thing is sitting on something funky to give your backside a thrill while you write. Then it may not be comfortable. But I won’t judge. The cat might though.

Erase the rules that have no bearing on you. Take the little mouse. Highlight them. Hit backspace. Gone! No more rules that contradict one another. That isn’t to say you can’t adapt and change if you find advice you like better. Doing that is a win because, again, it ups your comfort level and makes you more productive.

What works for one isn’t going to work for everyone. Just like not everyone will like what you write. Not everyone will agree with what I just wrote. Not everyone will…You get the picture. Sorry, no colorful picture. Damn those idioms.

Have you ever seen articles that contradict one another with writing rules? Do you try to obey all the writing rules that you read? Doesn’t “rules” apply much better? Pfft to the rules and away we go. But that many know.

Enjoy life, forget the strife.


Alex J. Cavanaugh

2017-12-11 00:23:11 Reply

Like an article that talks about the benefits of exercise on the same site as one that says a little flab is good? Just have to know which ones are fact based and which are pandering to an audience.

    Pat Hatt

    2017-12-11 10:33:44 Reply

    Yep, you really have to have a hard look. When they pander, best to get the heck out.


2017-12-11 11:09:36 Reply

When I first began blogging, the “rules” were no black background, don’t write more than about five short paragraphs, and write about only one topic. Use different blogs if you want to write about varied things. Broke all three and never looked back.

    Pat Hatt

    2017-12-11 15:53:03 Reply

    The topic one I broke a ton lol

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