I’m an experimental type when it comes to writing. I don’t like the same old boring styles that everyone else uses, and I absolutely abhor action only stories. I like stories to have a feel to them, a mood.
When I experiment grammar goes out the window, as do a few other rules. One of those things—not necessarily a rule—that gets tossed during those moments of experimentation is the word ‘and.’
Take, for instance this sentence:
“What’s wrong, Camden?” she asked, and approached my bed.
When I’m playing within the world of writing, I might write it like this:
“What’s wrong, Camden?” she asked, approached my bed.
Still, in other instances, I might write:
”What’s wrong, Camden?” she asked, approaching my bed.
My lovely wife prefers the first way. What about you? How do you feel about the use of the word ‘and.’ I think it’s just an extra word that isn’t always needed. Cate prefers them in their normal place. Again, what about you, the readers out there?
Yes, this is a legitimate question, and I would love your input.
Simple: If the way I prefer writing is confusing for you, the reader, then I need to not write it that way. The last thing a writer wants to do is take the reader out of a story. We want you to zip right along without stopping.
So, help me figure out how to write these sentences: the way I like to or the way you are comfortable reading them.
Thanks for your input. For now, I’m off to edit.