One of the interesting things that's starting to emerge from the 50 word pieces we're publishing about writers under threat of incarceration, torture or death, are the thought processes the 26 writers are going through in composing their responses to the brief.
Language is full of rules. Take grammar. Lots of things to do. Lots of things you shouldn't do. Then there's semantics. And spelling. And structure. And ra ra ra ra ra ra ra. Sometimes it's right to just let go. We get nowhere in life without breaking a few rules.
Take Tahar Djaout.
Tahar Djaout was a secular Algerian writer. He was extreme in nothing but words. Which is what killed him. Islamist extremists, terrorists, shot Tahar dead in 1993 because this man was writing out about repression, about the need for change in countries where an Islamist culture was spreading through schools.
Bullets sent him into a coma.
You can read more on how Rob came to write his 50 words on his blog.