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Bookmark This: Matt Bell on Following The Rules

Author Matt Bell (In the House Upon The Dirt Between the Lakes and The Woods) writes a witty essay for Electric Literature on the use of rules in workshop classes. He focuses on Cormac McCarthy’s novel Outer Dark, where the novelist incorporated the word “smile” 33 times. 
“Adherence to the ’rules’ is perhaps best when it’s a private thing, and teaching others the ones we’ve been taught or the ones we’ve discovered should perhaps be more sharing what’s worked for us or in books we’ve loved than it is handing down directives.” – Matt Bell