Which is correct? Backyard, back yard, or back-yard?
Writers love to break the rules of grammar and writing conventions. That’s fine, but you should know the rules before you break them.
Remember the first time you rode a bike without training wheels – that wonderful sense of freedom that brought with it a whole new sense of anxiety? After all, bikes without training wheels can fall over!
Most writing rules are like training wheels. They keep inexperienced writers from making mistakes that lead to awkward or unclear writing. But experienced writers often break the rules we are taught in English classes.