Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Writer Tip – Fragmented


Fragmented sentences are tricky little guys. They'd like you to think they are acceptable because they express things the way we speak.

Well, okay. End of article.

No, it's not that simple.

They are okay in things like novels where the writing is polished, but not formal. The narration is done in the author's voice and expressed through a
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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

5 thoughts on “Writer Tip – Fragmented

  1. Hey, I think in complete sentences! 😛 I agree that they fill the role of short powerful/meaningful sentences very well.


  2. I actually like fragments sprinkled artfully in novels. However, I'll keep them out of my essays :)-meghan


  3. This is true. I write very differently in my blog, as opposed to my novels. Both are very different from the way I wrote term papers in college. Different strokes for different…. well, you know what I mean.


  4. Well said. Pardon the fragment. Again. 🙂 I liked your point about men. That's something to consider. dc


  5. Good piece, Marji. We're taught as writers that grammer and spelling are not as important as the story. That's true, but that truth sometimes leads us to ignore both grammer and spelling to the detriment of what we write.