There are some crimes people can commit that aren’t punishable by law. This series is dedicated to those involved with writing, whether they be committed by the author or the readers. To be clear, this series isn’t designed to help writers better create crimes (murder, theft, etc.) within their novels. The kinds of crimes we’ll talk about range from boring the readers to abusing the control you have over the book and characters.
Rules in writing are, as Captain Barbosa said, more guidelines than actual rules. They can be anything from MLA and APA style guides rigidly adhered to in collegiate and other educational settings to rules authors create for themselves. The trick is knowing when and how to follow or break them to be most effective.
First aired April 27, 2020.