Breaking 3 Writing Rules

Yesterday @JoshuaIsard tweeted an Orwell quote. “Never use a long word where a short one will do.” Contrary-bear that I am, I immediately thought of an exception.  But that doesn’t mean that we should ignore writing rules.
Oft repeated rules are oft repeated for a reason. Breaking them can be done but can be hard to do well.  Thus the rule.
Here are five of them as well as authors/books that break them.
“Never use a long word when a short one will do.” George Orwell  I hadn’t had my coffee when I read Joshua’s tweet but immediately the word tintinnabulation popped into my head.  Poe used it in his poem, The Bells.  It is definitely a $20 word but well worth the extra penny. Poetry and picture books are often about the sound of the word and sometimes that sound requires a more elaborate word than ring or toll, peal or jingle.  Perhaps this rule should really be, use the right word?
Don’t write rhyming picture books .  This isn’t a rule that I’m inclined to break but there are other people who do it well.  If you are interested in writing rhyming picture books, look beyond Seuss and study April Pulley Sayre.  Your rhyme and rhythm have to be spot on and you can’t switch up the word order in your sentence.  It has to be logical and smooth.  
Children and teens want to read about characters who are slightly older than they are.  No adults!  The trick is that readers need to be able to identify with the characters and it can be hard for young readers to identify with adult characters.  But, there are exceptions.  Among my favorites were Mr. Putter and Mrs. Teaberry, two of Cynthia Rylant’s characters.  They may not be children but young readers identify with their love of their pets and friends and also their ability to get in a fix.
If you are determined to break the rules, study other writers who have done it and done it well.  Your attempt still may not fly but at least you struggled to get air born!
Is there another writing rule I should have included?  If so, list it below.
–SueBE

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