It is my firm contention that writing rules prevent you from making serious mistakes, and an author violates them at their peril. That being said, there is one overriding principle:
If it works, do it.
If you want to break a rule, it’s helpful to follow these guidelines:
- Know that you’re breaking a rule
- Understand why the rule exists and the ramifications of breaking the rule
- Consciously decide to break the rule only after determining that the benefit in doing so outweighs the downside