It's the first Wednesday of the month, and that means it's time for another meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Thank you Alex J. Cavanaugh for making all of this possible. The awesome co-hosts for today are Eva @ Lillicasplace, Crystal Collier, Sheena-kay Graham, Chemist Ken, LG Keltner (me!), and Heather Gardner!
Be sure to stop by the IWSG website where the winners of the anthology contest!
The question for this month is: What writing rule do you wish you'd never heard?
This one took some thought. I've heard many writing rules over the years, and while they vary in their usefulness, most of them haven't out right irritated me. When I really considered it, though, one of the most aggravating rules that came to mind was also one of the first rules I ever heard.
"I before E except after C."
Yes, it's more a spelling rule than a writing rule, but hey, knowing how to spell is a crucial part of the writing process.
This rule bugs me because there are so many exceptions to it. The Wikipedia page for the rule lists them out if you're curious. I've always been a pretty good speller, but thanks to this rule playing through the back of my mind, I've second guessed myself so many times it's not even funny.
Here's a short video on the subject that always makes me laugh. Enjoy!
Are there any writing rules you wish you'd never heard?