The first lesson any talented writer learns is there are no concrete rules to writing. What “rules” do exist – like grammar and syntax – are meant to be broken. For every naysayer wagging a finger, claiming you can’t do XYZ, there is a successful writer who has done XYZ to great acclaim. So, why a code?
What applies to pirates applies to writers. In the words of Captain Barbossa of Pirates of the Caribbean fame, “The code is more what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules.” We may be rule breakers (and should be!), but sometimes even a creative genius requires a guideline or two when wrangling thousands of words. So, without further ado, THE WRITER’S CODE:
1. Learn every writing “rule”
2. Break every writing “rule”