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"Writing crimes"
By: Karl Jonasson

If there is one thing I would encourage other
young aspiring authors like myself to do, it
would be to challenge the rules and
guidelines of writing. We’ve been told “Brevity
is the soul of wit,” so why not forget brevity and
ramble for hours about nothing of any
particular importance? We are told that if we
wish to write well, we must read a lot. So for
about a month, on a silly little rebellious
campaign, I refused to read. I reasoned that
if I drew inspiration from other writers than my
writing would be less creative. Then we hear,
“Avoid cliches.” Why not compose something
almost entirely out of cliches and old lady
sayings? People tell you cliches are “so
over-used that they’ve lost their meaning,” but
they don’t think about that. You still know what
I mean when I tell you “It’s like looking for a
needle in a haystack.” It has just as much
meaning as the first time some clever guy
thought it up a hundred years ago. So
basically, break rules. It’s not like you’ll get
arrested for writing crimes.

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