Is it ok to start sentences with “and” or “but”?

The Scribe could devote a lifetime to debunking writing myths.   One such myth is the “rule”—pounded into the heads of unsuspecting elementary school children—that sentences should not begin with “and” or “but.”

But read any publication featuring good writing and you’ll find a high percentage of sentences beginning with “and” and “but.”  And for good reason.  “And” and “but” are nifty connecting words that help your writing flow smoothly by seamlessly linking ideas.  So instead of avoiding “and” and “but,” look for opportunities to use them—and soon your writing will have the creamy consistency of vanilla ice cream left out in the sun for eight hours … or something like that.

That is all for now …

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