Saturday Scribes Feb. 6: Breaking the Rules

This week Saturday Scribes is all about breaking the rules.  You can, of course, choose to follow the theme and word prompt as usual if you prefer (located below).  But our challenge to you is to do something different this week.  Take those tried and true writing rules (plot? what plot?) and throw them out the window.  Or – if you’re normally the rebellious type – you could try *following* some of the rules you normally love to hate. 

Whatever you choose to do, let us know what you think about writing rules in general.  What rules do you regularly break?  What classic writing rules do you think should be done away with forever? Are there rules you believe should never be broken?  Feel free to link to other writing rules lists in the comments section, whether they be serious, or tongue-in-cheek (like the following by William Safire):

  • Do not put statements in the negative form.
  • And don’t start sentences with a conjunction.
  • If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
    great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
  • Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
  • Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
  • De-accession euphemisms.
  • If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
  • Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
  • Last, but not least, avoid clichés like the plague.
    ~ William Safire, “Great Rules of Writing”

Theme: revolution


As usual, remember comments are semi-moderated, so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. Newcomers can learn more about Saturday Scribes here (including how to do a permalink to your post) and read the prompt guidelines here.



  1. mimosaeffect said,

    February 6, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    To get the ball rolling…

    Rules? What Rules?

  2. noahthegreat said,

    February 6, 2009 at 6:38 pm


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