Grammar Guide: Are Fragments “Cool” Now?

Want to help me get a new desk chair? Check out the details in the donation box below the post and read my stories on Vocal!

Fragments. We’ve been taught that they’re evil from our very first class in school. But are they really as bad as everyone says?

Writing rules nowadays are more lax than ever. You can start a sentence with “but!” You can end a sentence with a preposition! Em dashes and commas abound all over the place!

But what about fragments? Are they okay now, too?

In all of my grammar authority (which is to say, I have none), I say: no.

It’s undoubtedly true that authors are using fragments more now than they ever have before. Unfortunately, it’s a trend I see often with indie authors, specifically – and I don’t know about you, but this is the kind of grammar error that makes me put down the book after just a few instances.

But to some, it’s apparently “cool” now to use fragments. Always where a single sentence would work fine. (See what I just did there?) From what I’ve gathered, I think that authors use it to strengthen their tone – but it really weakens their entire writing style. No one wants to read a fragment. It’s jarring and choppy, and it just sounds wrong. (The exception, of course, is when someone is speaking a fragment.)

There are lots of other ways to infuse your writing with a quick, active tone. Use short sentences. Pack them with action. Choose colourful words. Say only what’s necessary.

And there you have it.

We’ll talk more about tone on Friday, but for now, let’s avoid fragments, shall we? Just because some people think they’re cool doesn’t mean we all need to fall into the same trap.

Grammar still matters – to your readers, to agents, and to you (at least it should).

Happy writing!
-E.J.


Want to delve even further into the writing world? Subscribe to my monthly newsletter to get a FREE storytelling guidebook right off the bat, plus insider looks into my upcoming works, writing memes, book recs, and much more!

Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

Current Donation Goal: New Desk Chair! $50/$200

Choose a donation amount

$1.00
$3.00
$5.00

Or enter a custom amount

$

My neck hurts, y’all. Even though I’m careful to maintain good posture while working at my desk, my current desk chair simply doesn’t provide me with the support I need – but good desk chairs are expensive, and that’s why I need your help! Thank you so much for your support that allows me to keep producing free content. God bless you! ♥️ E.J.

Donate

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s