Rules Aren't Enough

"'Show me, don't tell me.' 'Avoid cliches.' . . . We can observe these warnings. But somehow just observing such rules is not enough. They trim away, but they don't supply the fire we need."
--William Stafford, Crossing Unmarked Snow

Your fire comes from the inner creator. You can't tack it on as an afterthought. It doesn't care about grammar. It's not about following the rules, but trusting something greater, invisible, undefinable.

It just so happens words are involved, and words have lots of rules attached. But don't be fooled into thinking this is what your writing is all about.

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