I have long undertaken to master writing, but have faced setbacks time after time for neglecting to follow certain rules. Though many have critiqued short pieces I wrote, advising me to follow those rules, I refused to do so because I thought I needed to achieve my goal through some other means. My goal was to write cadenced prose, a goal which I thought behooved me to break those rules, but by breaking those rules I wrote without clarity, seeming to show disregard for my readers. And when later I thought I was following some, ones I believed to be useful, I neglected to follow others just as necessary. Now I am trying to follow those too, but I might be breaking some, for to follow them fully seems to damage the rhythm of my words. And not every book or article on writing contains every rule, or agrees on how to write with rhythm or clarity, but I try to combine the advice of more than one. So though my writing might have improved, I am a little confused.