Friday, August 02, 2013
Although these rough stories often have that elusive thing I think of as voice, the first paragraphs are so riddled with inaccuracies I find myself getting annoyed, angry even. Why waste my time? My eyes are too tired, too impatient, to wade through multiple split infinitives, gerunds running wild, and ubiquitous and improperly used semi-colons; they drive me mad.
On the other hand, when a writer in control of her material breaks a grammar rule, exciting things can happen. Like effective fragment use. And starting sentences with conjunctions can make the reader pause in a powerful way.
Myself, I eschew adverbs, gerunds, and improper use of possessives. But I love, love, love the effective use of fragments.
What grammar or punctuation 'rules' bug you the most? Which rules do you love to flaunt?