Much of my blog time revolves around grammar and the mechanics of writing. As authors, it’s important to understand the rules of how the language in which we write works, no matter what that language is. Yet powerful writing often breaks those rules, and we are better for having read it.
So why am I always pressing you to buy and use the Chicago Manual of Style?
Authors must know the rules to break them with style.
Readers expect words to flow in a certain way. If you break a grammatical rule, know what you are breaking and be consistent about it.
Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Alexander Chee, and George Saunders all have unique voices in their writing. Each of these writers has written highly acclaimed work. Their prose is magnificent. When you have fallen in love with one of these authors’ works, you will recognize their voice.
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