Heard from someone that writing sentences in fragments is aokay. Supposed to be skinny sentences. Thought it would add more emphasis. Did, I think. Anyway, feels good. Feels right even. You think?
Dear Mr. Skinny,
Amend that. Emphasis, yes. Too skinny, no. Once in a while, aokay. Every sentence, or even every other sentence, I don’t think.
Breaking even one rule, such as writing complete sentences, cannot be done with impunity. As I’ve already stated in my article “Us Writers Don’t Need No Rules,” newbie writers who break the rules can come across as ignorant. That’s a good way to lose potential readers. You have to master a rule before you can comfortably and safely break it.
Writing a fragment, once in a while, can lend emphasis to what you’re trying to say. But writing fragments too often is almost guaranteed to cause you to lose credibility. Since newbies don’t have any credibility to start with, they most certainly can’t afford to lose any they may be building up. Show readers that you truly understand your craft. Then, maybe, you can play around with “bending” occasional rules.
And if you don’t understand your craft, get a job and stop pestering me.
Okay with that? Whatever!!
P.S. My name is Maggie. Not Miggie. Not Moggie. Not Muggie. But MAGGIE!!! Excuse me while I throw up a hairball.