Grammar police, the writer's who know it all
How often do you write an article/blog post on the internet, edit it, and find comments about the smallest typo's?
On the internet it happens frequently, people have an insatiable need to point out other people's mistakes and post it in public.
Is a Blog post bad if it has a couple of error's?
You could have a short, engaging blog with a few error's, or a long, laborious blog post with no error's that would send your reader's to sleep within the first minute.
When you have a really good idea for an article your instinct is to start scribling down your ideas and write it out. In my case I edit many times while I'm typing. That comes from proofreading as a typist.
Even the writing great's such as:
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, was known for being a bad speller.
- Jane Austen: Bad spelling and grammar.
- Albert Einstein: Bad spelling and grammar.
- Winston Churchill: Bad spelling and grammar.
- Leonardo da Vinci: Bad spelling and grammar
It's also worth pointing out that people with English degrees make an error every now and again. I'm feeling better already knowing that I'm in such good company.
You know what they say about people who live in glass houses.
Read my 4 reason's below why grammar police should retire:
1. Grammar Police always make bad writers
If your grammar has to be perfect all of the time (something that will never happen). You'll never get your writing out to the rest of the world, for fear of imperfection.
If a writer is always fruitful, often than not, they will make mistakes. They're not hung up on perfection but rather getting their work done.
Find someone who is overexcited about grammar and chances are their writing will be boring, business like and probably stilted.
A good writer knows when to break the rules. Breaking a few grammar rules makes an article more reader friendly, adds emphasis and starts a conversation
2. Grammar Police = Bad Attitude
The phrase "grammar police" refer's to those individual's who chide other's for their grammatical error's. These people will tell you your writing won't be taken seriously with typo's.
With the constant need for perfection always on your mind, things may become difficult when you're networking with other writer's and trying to get published.
3. Grammar Police - The time waster's
All the time spent meticulously going over other people's work could be spent, say, writing. Time wasted sending messages to other people about their minor error's and spelling mistakes could be spent constructively on:
- Creating and writing a blog
- Creating an eBook
- Reading about the craft of writing
- Going over and editing your own work
One thing's for sure, you'll never catch Stephen King sending off an email to another writer and criticizing her for a typing error. Why? He's too busy writing bestseller's.
4. Grammar Police are far from perfect
If you're keen to point out someone else's typo's, be sure to go through your own work with a fine tooth comb and make sure it's absolutely perfect. You can be sure that every person you've pointed mistakes out to will be "all over your writing like a rash".
So the next time you spot an error, stand back, take a breath. Choose to keep reading or don't.
"Intelligent ideas have nothing to do with a properly placed apostrophe".
© 2015 Helen Bolam
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