Who is your boss? When you are writing, you are.
You are your own boss. I am my own.
Why, then are we so determined to hang on to all the rules we have been accumulating over the years? Other people's rules.
People say before you can break a rule, you must learn it first. There are a number of grammatical rules I am sure I don't know, so when I break them, I am afraid I can't consider myself a rule-breaker (a trail blazer, perhaps? *feeling optimistic*).
For all you rebels out there, I would like you to think about something simple. A verb (let's skip the compound verbs for now). If someone were to list off a number of words, we would be able to pick out the verbs pretty quickly.
I would like to share one of my favorite writing exercises with you, taken as an excerpt from one of my favorite books on writing, Monica Wood's The Pocket Muse: Ideas and Inspirations for Writing
"Use any of the following verbs in any way you wish:
racket snug green spoon boggle snake
They're not all verbs, you say?
Jeremy is racketing across the lawn as we speak!
Can you hear earthworms snugging out of the ground as the sun greens the trees?
Verbs are sometimes a matter of opinion."
What's your opinion? Are you willing to let your employees branch out with their creativity, or are they going to be forced to stick to all the rules set in place long before they joined the company?
After reading this exercise, my boss let me use pink as a verb - and took me out for sushi as a token of her appreciation.
Exercise source: Wood, Monica. 2002. The Pocket Muse: Ideas and Inspirations for Writing. Writers Digest Books. Cincinnati, OH, USA.