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The problem with rules (part 1)

As a teacher, editor, writer, and word nerd, I am occasionally asked to describe the rules of good writing. More often, I am asked specific questions: where do my commas go? What on earth is the semi-colon for? How do I know where to start a new paragraph? Isn’t it wrong for my sentence to take up more than a single line? Usually, people are disappointed by my answers, which are almost always vague on “rules.” That’s partly because there aren’t actually that many hard and fast rules – and… Read More »The problem with rules (part 1)