Saturday, May 1, 2010

3 How to Break the Writing Rules from Cameron McClure

Cameron McClure, author of the Book Cannibal blog and literary agent with Donald Maas, put up a great post a while back on How to Break the Rules. Of course, I didn't find it until last night. Otherwise, I would have realized sooner that there are actually ways to make the rules I've broken accidentally worth breaking. Can you untangle that logic?

Don't worry. She did.

Not only does her article provide Kurt Vonnegut's 8 Rules of Writing, but if you read it now for the low, low price of a few minutes of your time, she throws in Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing absolutely free. AND she adds 8 more rules of her own--with explanations and examples of authors who have broken them compellingly.

This is seriously one of the best checklists I have read on how to write. I am printing it out and taping it to my wall.

Go read it and live it:

What do you think? Do you agree with her examples? Are the rules worth breaking?

Happy writing,



  1. I'm an ABSOLUTE FAN of rule breaking so this was a real pleasure to read!

    I want to go back and read in detail now - so - THANKS AGAIN Martina for the fun!

  2. That was an excellent post, where do you find these things so often? You always have such great info and you update so often. Yours is one of my favorite blogs to read. Thank you!

  3. Ann Marie--my pleasure! Go pull your manuscript out from under the bed and break some rules in an officially approved manner...

    Lisa--Thank you! It makes us very happy to hear you like the blog!!!!!! :-D The great info is out there, it's just sometimes a little tricky wading through everything. That's why we decided to start blogging, so we would have a place to aggregate the (hopefully) useful information.


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