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Nan
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25 posted 01-06-2003 10:34 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

It's not easy to break the rules effectively unless we know them thoroughly first.  Without a properly working knowledge of how grammar and punctuation "should be," misuse of them simply appears sloppy... IMHO

A skilled writer, on the other hand, can make a literary piece work beautifully by using that knowledge to his/her advantage.
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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.



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