When we were kids, (Or adults. No shame) We all learned grammar rules for the English language. Periods goes at the end of sentence, comma goes here. ETC, ETC.
But what about when your style goes against these rules? Is it okay to break these rules?
Let me give you an example.
When I’ve been working on my novel, there’s many many scenes with dialogue. (Obviously, it would be pretty boring if there wasn’t), and sometimes my characters doesn’t always speak in full sentences. This is based off real life. I don’t always speak in full sentences. Even people who have very high education don’t do this.
It’s part of being human.
Now when you’re writing description or narration, you should always write in full sentences. You don’t say “then went to the store.” or “the chair was not.” These aren’t complete sentences.
But is it okay to break these rules for dialogue? In my opinion, yes.
If everyone in the novel spoke like a robot, it would sound really.. odd. (Unless your character is a robot or has this manner of speaking as a quirk).
Another one is wordiness. This is something I’m guilty of. I am getting better, but still have I problem. I use way way way too many words!
However, there’s been times when my beta reader says this isn’t necessary, it should go. And I think no, it’s part of my style. I want it there.
Sometimes grammar rules are made for breaking.
Of course, there’s some rules you can’t break. I’ve heard of authors who don’t capitalize any of their words, do not use correct grammar or refuse to spell certain words correctly. Please don’t do this.
Look at the difference.
i went up the hill picked up bonny and we went to uncle arthurs house
I went up the, picked up Bonny and we went to uncle Arthur’s house.
In my opinion, the first line looks like it was written by a seven year old. The second one looks more professional and like an adult.
Don’t do little writing quirks because you think it makes you sound edgy or cool. It just looks dumb. We’re all rolling our eyes.
Anyway, that’s about it. What do you think? Can grammar rules be broken for style, or should we never even touch these rules?
Have a great day!