Okay, I’ll tell you right up front that if you’re a guy you know how much this dude must have been hurting.  The other guys seem to be sadistic in their laughing, but when this does happen, everyone else is going to laugh.  Aside from that, I think the lesson here is that you don’t want to do anything too dangerous until you have a good grasp on the basics.  People always say they don’t want to follow the rules of writing because it’s too formulaic.  However, if you don’t know the rules well enough you’re probably going to hurt yourself.

Have you ever tried certain writing techniques in a novel before you mastered them?

Did you get “nunchucked” like this guy?

Have you seen others try things that just didn’t work because they hadn’t mastered the basics?

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