I’ve been reading comments here and on the poll, and I’m seeing a lot of folks angsting about grammar.
What people think of as GRAMMAR, (all caps, death knell, end of the world with hellfire and brimstone if you break the rules) is a complete nonissue in writing fiction.
In writing fiction, you write as you speak, you punctuate as you breathe, and you use the rules as you choose to use them.
In writing more than thirty-two novels, a bunch of non-fiction books and courses, an enormous website, many short stories, and a gawdawful lot of proposals, synopses, and other goodies, I have NEVER ONCE diagrammed a sentence. In your entire career, neither will you (unless you decide to write a book about diagramming sentences.)
We writers do not get our knickers in a bunch over the placement of the prepositional phrase, nor to we get hung up about the subjunctive case. These rules and names have nothing to do with writing fiction.
If you’re still angsting and determined to think that you have no grasp of grammar, I’ll tell you that everything you need to know about grammar to write novels professionally, you can grasp by reading through one short and exceedingly comforting e-book, The Basic Glossary of Grammar. The book is less than five bucks, and you can download it right now. I’m not an affiliate for the book. I don’t make a dime by recommending it. I’m simply a fan.
If grammar in school screwed you up and made you think it was some mysterious, arcane science that only the Revered Priesthood of Grammarians could master, you owe yourself this little book and the peace of mind you’ll get by discovering that you do, in fact, have a solid grasp of grammar.