You’ve heard the saying, “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” A small amount of knowledge can lead to overconfidence. A person might leap to invalid conclusions based on what they know without considering the things they don’t know.
New authors eagerly soak up the wisdom offered through writing groups, seminars, and handbooks on the craft of writing.
It is only when we begin reading widely, and in many different genres, that we discover a difficult truth: great writing is not simply a matter of following rules.
I know, the editor is implying that grammar doesn’t matter.
But I am not, exactly.
What I am saying is that applying rigid rules to literature is akin to expecting your two-year-old to behave perfectly every moment of every day. The books that move me are young and wild and have occasional tantrums. They’re sometimes messy, dirty little things.
Producing a book is a…
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