Rules are everywhere. At the park, it’s “No dogs on the track.”
So I get as close as I can without breaking the rule.
Sometimes, Mom flat-out makes up rules in her head like, “Don’t eat the acorns.”
and “Keep out of the mud.”
and “GAH! That stick is too big to carry!”
And her all-time favorite “No sleeping in the street!”
Most days, Mom has rules to follow in her writing. There are word count rules, and the rule of three, the rule of thinking with pictures in your head, and the rule of playing with wonderful words. And then there’s don’t make the book too quiet and don’t hit the kids over the head with a lesson, but do have fabulous characters with their own special voices and do surprise everyone with a twist at the end.
Mom says, “Rules are important. ” and “The world would be mayhem without rules.” and her other all-time favorite, “Rules are made to be broken!” Wait. What?