It's Fine to Start Sentences with Conjunctions

I’m not blogging this because my editor tried to reduce the number of sentences I started with “but” and “and” in What’s Best Next (though that did happen). I’ve had this down on my list to post for over a year; but I suppose this truth is not as appreciated as I perhaps thought it was.

So, here are two great words on this from two important books on writing.

From On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction:

Many of us were taught that no sentence should begin with “but.” But that’s wrong—there’s no stronger word at the start. It announces total contrast.

From Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing:

Starting a sentence with a coordinating conjunction is an informal style; it makes your writing sound conversational. In addition, a conjunction at the beginning usually draws attention to the sentence and adds punch.