Had a Facebook friend post today that she has an aversion to people not using complete sentences in speech and writing. I responded with a “For Real????” I’m interested to see if she really is serious because I am notorious for this. Or I’d like to be notorious for this:) I also know that she is writing a funny/narrative sort of book and this makes me very curious. Does she never leave a purposeful sentence fragment?
I now wonder how most people feel about incomplete sentences. When reading a book, do they stick out like a sore thumb that you just want to stick a band-aid over? Do they make you close that book up and never reopen it? I realize that for your essay in English Lit, incomplete sentences are not a smooth move. But what about in novel-writing? How about in common speech, and for that matter, when trying to write believable dialog? Crap. I could be screwed here if that is a major annoyance for the majority of readers.
Can’t it add effect? More so than repetitive sentence structure, or run ons? To emphasize a specific point, I mean? Like I’m doing now?????
Just got me thinking. And, no, I’m not doing it on purpose. I believe that my writing voice is not too far removed from my speaking voice and both of us use incomplete sentences. A lot.
Well, I’ll certainly be more aware of it. Although, I must say, that making the decision to self-publish made me breathe a sigh of relief: All of my little writing peccadilloes could stay because no one was going to tell them to go. Ah, Sweet Freedom! But back to fragments…I say, who is to say they don’t have a place in expressive writing, or speech? I should start a poll. If only I could figure out how to do so and people actually read my blog. Now that would be something.
And, anyhoo, if the great Ernest Hemingway was known for his use of “and” to start a sentence, it’s good enough for me, by golly. Or is that just a subordinate clause masquerading as a sentence? Whatever!