I claim issue with the first foible from his post. I have heard this repeated elsewhere but if one takes a look at popular writers you will find that many use 'said' and 'asked' throughout their writing. In reading other suggested 'rules' I have found at online writing resources, I have begun to find contradicting thoughts on writing. This thought turns me to...
After doing a little learning these last couple weeks I am moving more and more to the thoughts that writing is solidly an art and governed more by individual thoughts and (very) opinionated folks. Let's take a look at one of my favorite books Appaloosa by the late Robert B. Parker. I love Parker's style in the Appaloosa series because of the stark bleakness of word, he has mastered the art of striping his text to the bare necessities. This produces a strong and easy read which allows for the reader to jump into the story and surge forward at a great rate.
While I believe write should be structured, I feel writing should be more governed by guidelines, rather than rules. As the wonderful pirate Barbossa once correctly stated, The code is more what you'd call 'guidelines' than actual rules. More and more, I am beginning to agree with the pirate.
Anyway, in reading some of the 'rules' I am finding as I look more and more into writing, I am starting to wonder what masterpieces we are missing out on because an opinionated editor somewhere is kicking it around. What would today's editors say about many of the masterpieces of history I wonder?