Breaking Rules

A rule of writing is: Don’t start your novel with dialogue. The reader doesn’t know who’s speaking. And certainly don’t start your novel in another language.

Yet WAR AND PEACE begins this way:

“Well, Prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now just family estates of the Buonapartes….”

And it’s in French.

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2 responses to “Breaking Rules

  1. One of the rules I kept bumping into as I was crafting some personal essays involving multiple characters in my fmaily was writing in the omnicient 3rd person POV. People in my critique group just about crucified me. Ist person was the “only” voice that was acceptable in the publishing world.

    I was less interested in publishing than in experimenting in different voices and POVs. They didn’t get it.

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