help a textbook taught me something relevant and amusing once
December 20, 2012 9:57 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for an essay I read in a textbook. This would've been in the late 90s and it was a middle school Literature textbook. The essay was about writing. I remember that it included a bit about how you can't ask writers about writing for the same reason you can't ask the sea about itself (it will just gurgle at you). It also had a bit about breaking the rules when writing, talking about how writing guides tell you never to open a story with dialogue but then gave an example of a classic novel that opened with dialogue in French.
posted by NoraReed to writing & language (2 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I believe that the textbook was pretty recent when I read it, but I could be wrong.