When it’s okay to break the rules

You can break the rules of grammar and punctuation that you learned as a kid.

I know this intuitively. But I’ve had a hard time coming up with guidelines for when to break the rules. Until now.

I like what Susan Gunelius said in her Entrepreneur.com article, “Copywriting Grammar Ain’t Perfect.”

In simplest terms, you can break any grammar rule in copywriting as long as doing so makes your copy sound conversational and more appealing to your target audience without negatively affecting your business’s professional image.

So, you need to know your audience before you break rules. But that’s another essential element of good communication.

I learned about Gunelius’ article on Kristen King’s InkThinker blog for freelance writers. Thanks, Kristen!

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