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Covewriter from Nashville, Tennessee is reading & Sons April 13, 2012 - 9:29pm

I don't know if using and's is the answer, but i do think longer sentences to slow tihngs down and quicker sentences to speed things up makes sense. I think McCarthy used it to keep you in a scene for a bit.  I use it. But I'm not published.

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Bobby Detrick from Bakersfield CA is reading World War Z and The Hunger Games April 13, 2012 - 11:10pm

Covewriter that is perfect. I may be drunk but that just blow my mind over long And filled sentences.

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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce April 14, 2012 - 1:03pm

Polysyndeton?  How the fuck did you know this word? 

I'm just amazed.

 

my english teacher is big on terminology. She's the sort of woman to say, "No, Will, of course you can say "using too many ands" but then you'll fail in life and become a bus conductor. The word is polysyndeton"

 

Will is a demi-pothead in my lit class.

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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce April 14, 2012 - 1:05pm

Also. OH MY FUCKING GOD ANOTHER ____writer.

@Cove (can i call you that?) Pm me. we need to talk.

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs April 14, 2012 - 1:32pm

Using obscure terminology in the classroom is useless since the students won't know what the teacher is talking about. Although it wouldn't hurt for the teacher to mention the terms along with defining them.

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Covewriter from Nashville, Tennessee is reading & Sons April 14, 2012 - 6:35pm

Typewriter - You can call me anything. I answer to all of it. Did I do somehting good or bad? We can talk anytime. Feel freel to message.

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Dave from a city near you is reading constantly April 15, 2012 - 2:57am

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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce April 15, 2012 - 4:40am

well, cove, we share the same internet surname.

Really, my name should be Demigod Typewriter, since Typewriter is not my first name. It's Demigod Type||writer. The || is silent and unwritten, but it's like the space between your middle name and surname.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters April 15, 2012 - 9:19am

@Dave - when that movie came out, I was working 3rd shift at an Arby's.  You can imagine we wore that out. 

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind April 16, 2012 - 11:45am

I use multiple ands for stylistic reasons. If I'm trying to create a mood, I'll use ands, or I'll drop commas all together and just string the words along with no stopping point. 

There is a rule we learn in art school: In order to break the rules, we must first know them. We need to have an understanding of perspectives, of proportion, of light and shadow, of negative and positive space. Only then can we bend the knowledge to create a certain effect in our artwork. 

I approach writing the same way. What is grammar, really? Rules. As long as you do so smartly, you can bend such rules -- break them -- for a certain effect. 

I can usually tell when someone knows the rules and decides to break them, as opposed to just having sloppy writing. 

"He pulled down the shoebox. peeled off the lid. out came the photos. One of mother, one of me. One of all three of us. The house I grew up in, the pool that nearly took my cousin's life. Photos of dinner parties, of pajamas, of birthdays. More pictures of my mother, and of my grandmother. Pictures of my brother and of my old dog and more pictures of me." etc, etc.

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Bobby Detrick from Bakersfield CA is reading World War Z and The Hunger Games April 17, 2012 - 1:51pm

Thanks misskokamon for getting this page back on track