Imma: “Hello, Gram and I are having a bit of a dilemma. She would like to continue going over the rules of writing, while I want to skew off in a more creative direction.”
Gram: “Creative is all well and good, my dear Imma, but before you play, you need to know the rules. They give you a firm foundation for your creativity.”
Imma: “But, dear Gram, I don’t care to spend
years weeks learning something I was taught in school, ad nauseous!! (Yes, I did that on purpose — gag!). Our readers already know the rules, so there is little point in going over them again. We don’t want to bore our readers or treat them like school children, do we?”
Gram: “What about new writers or those who struggle with grammar issues? Shouldn’t we consider them too? It’s not an insult to our readers to go over rules. After all, who couldn’t use a refresher course every now and then?”
Imma: “I see your point, Gram, but if all we do is go over the rules of writing, I (and our readers) will be bored to death. Rules, my dear, are a snoozefest!”
Gram: “As I see it, we need rules, but we also need creativity. Rules are important, but (gulp) they are not the only thing. I will concede that, but can you concede that we can’t just toss them out the window?”
Imma: “Sure, Gram, I wouldn’t toss your rules out the window, just because I know how much they mean to you. It sounds like we’ve agreed that both aspects of writing are important – for different reasons. So how do we bring them together and find a happy medium?”
Gram: “Well, one idea is to alternate between rules and creative writing. How does that sound to you?”
Imma: “That sounds like a good idea. Maybe sometimes we can combine the two, and go at the rules in a creative way.”
Gram: “Excellent idea, Imma. Our writing is always so much better when we work together !”
What do you think?
Do you have any suggestions for Gram and Imma as they continue this journey?
What have you liked best so far? What have you liked least?
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