Wednesday, April 14, 2010


I like repetition as a device. Do you like repetition as a device? I like repetition as a device.

How do you know when you've gone too far? Hmmm, hmm. It's against the "basic rules of writing." I suppose you just read it and see if it works.

Sentence fragments? Hanging clauses? Repetition? As devices?

Grade school teachers everywhere are cringing in horror.


  1. *inserts terribly witty parody based on Seuss's "Green Eggs and Ham" utilising all of the aforementioned devices...*

    That is, I would if I could fit words into the rhyming meter of it, comfortably!

  2. I think they all work wonderfully, if used well, and in the right places. Usually they're better in dialogue, as they make it a little more realistic--that's how people talk, after all. Also, they work well if it's just part of the narrative showing thought or internal monologue. They give it that personal, human touch. Of course, overuse is annoying and difficult to read. And I have no problems with starting sentences with "and."

  3. I am of the opinion that rules are more guidelines really, and in many cases take great joy in rising to the challenge of breaking them artfully. I do not always succeed, but there is much fun to be had in the attempt. I secretly coddle my adverbs too. Shhh.