Grammar V’s Style

Ever since the release of The Boleyn Effect one of the common threads in the reviews is the use of bad grammar in the story. Now I’ve decided that maybe I should write about my decision to ignore all the grammar rules I’d been instilled with.

My initial draft of The Boleyn effect was grammatically perfect, but during the early read ups one thing that was brought up was how stilted the voice was. The narrative is in first person and a comment was that would a real person speak in that manner. The protagonist is a young woman who lives in Yorkshire and I’m sorry, but we don’t speak perfectly. In fact who in real life speaks perfectly. So a decision was made and a risk taken.

I sacrificed  grammar for my leads voice. That puts me in the firing line for the grammar police, but is it the best way to go. Is it worth the risk in order to have a style?


About deborahcfoulkes

I was born and bred in the Yorkshire market town of Selby, which is lucky enough to have an historic abbey church at its centre, also being a 30 minute car drive to famous York, I use every bit of that history to create new worlds. My degree is in History and English Lit, but my leaning is towards history. I have a fascination with the Tudors and I’ve been told by a University tutor, I have an unhealthy liking for Henry VIII. That said my area of expertise study wise is Matthew Hopkins and the so called witches of the 1600’s. Books have been a part of my life as far back as I can remember and I count Stephen King, James Herbert and the Brothers Grimms as my literary heroes. I have a fondness for the macabre and a weakness for the antagonist of any story. By day, I work in a public library and by night or days off, I am hitting the keys of my lovely blue laptop

Posted on August 28, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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