Breaking Rules in Fiction

By Kristen
Updated November 24, 2007

Non-fiction is mostly scholarly, and in such writings proper grammar is necessary to convey a sense of credibility. You are probably more likely to believe an article written with correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling than an article filled with errors.

In fiction, however, you can break the rules for the sake of artistic expression. You can write fragments instead of complete sentences. You can write gimme instead of give me. You can use an ellipses to indicate a pause rather than an omission, or you can just use a period. To be professional, though, you should only break the rules for a purpose; otherwise, you'll just look like an amateur.