The ruler. The Roman Governor. The tyrant.
Caesar Agustus issued a decree that everyone in the land should return to their place of birth for a census. He wanted everyone counted. He wanted to know how many people he ruled. I don't know if they asked how many toilets were in the house like the United States government does in their censes taking, but they had questions just the same.
So Joseph obeyed. Why? Because it was the right thing to do. The Bible says that we are to follow the rules and laws of the land in which we live. "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's" Jesus later replied when asked about taxes and money.
If we want to be successful in our writing, then there are certain things that we must do; rules to follow; things to learn. We've all heard about 'the rules' and how you can't break them until you are rich and famous and able to make your own rules. There are also the grammar rules, and the infamous Chicago Manual of Style - which so many editors cling to. My pet peeve is spelling. And the one thing that I keep going back to are the books that I love to read. They have a flow and a style. Often times when things don't work, it's because we've gone rogue and tried to create our own style - which then makes no sense to anyone but us.
Study. Learn. Grow. Know the rules. Follow the ones you need to. Make your own for the ones that don't. But above all, know what they are so you can defend your writing.
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