Do you know it?
I can recite the Terrible Twos, chapter and verse,
(it reads a lot like Murphy's Law)
but the Rule of Threes ?
I've heard of the Rule of Thirds,
which involves breaking your art composition into thirds,
and aiming your focus at an intersection.
In writing, it's the Rule of Threes:
the idea that everything's better in threes -
Three acts to a play,
three wishes from a magic genie,
three square meals a day,
three parts to a story: beginning, middle, and end.
Fairy tales take this rule and run with it -
three characters, as in:
Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Three Blind Mice, Three Billy Goats Gruff
three siblings; the youngest often rises to fame after completing three tests. Think:
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, Beauty and the Beast, Puss in Boots
When I lived in Russia, I learned the Nyet, Nyet, Da! manners rule. If a friend offered a gift or some sort of hospitality, it was impolite to accept right away. The proper thing was to refuse twice. If they asked a third time, it meant they were truly in earnest, and it was okay to accept the offer.
Rule of Threes!
What are your thoughts on the Rule of Threes?
Too hot? Too cold? Just right?
Do you use it?
As both a rule maker and a rule breaker, I'm not much help.
I like the rhythm that three lends to writing.
I like groupings of three.
But I like the rhythm of four as well, and two, and five, so there you go.
Sugar Snack is Three!
We threw a party. A very simple, cardboard and tape kind of party.
Can you guess the theme?
We taped spare watercolors all over the walls, just for kicks.
A cardboard train to scribble on.
Fruity cars were a hit! (spied here.)
With cookie crumb dirt and a pretzel railroad.
Trains on top made it even more exciting!
One for the big day, and one for the party.