“There are no rules here; we are trying to accomplish something.”
– Thomas A. Edison, American inventor and businessman
“I’m going to need you to redo this assignment.”
“Redo it?” I replied. “Why? What’s wrong with it?”
“What’s not wrong?” she said. “Grammar, spelling – punctuation.”
It was high school. I had handed in an English assignment that I thought was creative, inspiring and generally quite brilliant. Admittedly, I’d play fast and loose with the rules of good composition, but I was feeling the creative impulse and let it carry me much too far away.
“This is sloppy work,” she admonished. “You’re capable of much better.”
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