Desired literary effect
I'm still working on my AP skills for smerk (no, I can't tell you why I decided to call it "smerk"). The entire Stylebook is filled with rules, which are acceptable to break occationally, including when I desire a particular literary effect.
How do I know if the literary effect I'm going after is an correct effect, or an effective effect? When am I "allowed" to go with my instincts, go crazy and use a questionable semi-colon? How am I suppose to know if something I consider a "literary effect" is an effect, or just really poor grammar?
I love words and writing and literature, but I'm not sure I am ever going to actually desire a literary effect, especially a particular one.
And (did you know that is sometimes acceptable to begin a sentence with "and"?) why are semi-colons such a widespread mystery? Do YOU know how to use a semi-colon?? Probably not, because no one does, except English teachers, and they're not telling. They just mark up your paper because there is NO WAY to explain to a 16-year-old kid (or a 23-year-old woman) about independent and dependent clauses AND desired literary effects. I don't even think schools are allowed to talk about desires, especially something as confusing and controversial as literary desires.
I love semi-colons, once I (thought I) learned how to use them, I went to town. But now I'm feeling insecure about my relationship with the semi-colon. I feel kinda like I was tricked, or misled to the semi-colon's intentions.
And don't even get me started on commas ...