Day 7: Rewrite
Anyone else dislike rules? Anyone else like to prove rules wrong?
This is one of Elmore Leonard’s rules of writing (and, yes, he is a well-published author and “knows that of which he speaks” -grammar rule to not end a sentence in a preposition, but makes things awkward). Part of me rebelled against this rule, especially when it comes to rewriting. “But I like that sentence,” we cry! (Another rule - not too many exclamation points...) Yet, truthfully, aren’t there a lot of parts we either skim or skip? Ugh, which words to cut?