Not A Poet
Yes, what Nan said. Mark Twain could shock the literary world with "Huckleberry Finn" but he did it so well that it works. But he was no beginner when he did that either. I don't mean to suggest that you have to be that caliber writer before bending the rules but I think you have to be darn good in order to know when and how to break them. Otherwise, it's just going to give the distinct impression that you simply don't know or understand the rules and that's a bad thing. As for myself, well I'm just not that good. I think I'll try to stay within the rules as much as I can.
Never express yourself more clearly than you can think - Niels Bohr
[This message has been edited by Not A Poet (01-07-2003 07:19 PM).]