Writing Tips: Why Grammar is Important!
Why Grammar is Important
grammar tells the reader when to pause for breath how to emphasize certain words or phrases and read things aloud since its a written form of language you know what i mean how else do you know where one sentence ends and another begins i ask you its hard to read this isnt it you want your readers to feel like theyre floating down a river not gasping for breath
*Gasp!* The above, of course, contains no grammar whatsoever and is therefore difficult to read! When writing, we don't want readers to stumble or get bogged-down deciphering what we're trying to say. It should be clear, concise, and easy to read; after all, we're trying to get a message across to them and keep them coming back for more!
A lack of punctuation is akin to throwing random speed bumps into the highway--it can and will slow readers down, and eventually they're going to say "screw it" and take the next exit! We don't want readers to exit; we want them to continue down our smooth highway of awesomeness until they reach the end.
- Here's an example of grammatical speed bumps:
I didnt' know what theyr'e talking about because of there bad grammer I had to take: The next exit!
- Translation with speed bumps removed:
I didn't know what they were talking about. Because of their bad grammar, I had to take the next exit!
Why You Should Care Enough to Learn
It's one thing to speak aloud and quite another to speak through written language. I'm aware of, and even embrace, text messaging language--to a point! It has its place, and it's not here in the professional writing circle.
If you're serious about writing, please consider grammar to be your best friend. You might quarrel sometimes, but in the end grammar is there to support your efforts and to help you succeed.
The written word, when embraced in all its glory, is a beautiful picture puzzle. Those who have the key to its secrets can easily assemble a beautiful picture; those who don't can sporadically assemble a pixelated image where the reader must fill in the gaps. Readers who comes across a good writer's word puzzles don't see a puzzle at all; they see the whole picture--like a beautiful painting. Indeed, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
As a serious writer, it's your duty to ensure smooth sailing for your readers. Writing is an art form; an experience; a splinter of the divine. What is your writing but an expression of yourself, after all? Why do you write, but that you feel a fire burning inside of you that needs to get out?
Where to Go
I want to help other writers to reach their full potential, and in the process I'll hone my skills as well. After all, teaching is the best way to learn. There's nothing I love more than working on my skills and becoming more than what I was yesterday.
Words of Encouragement
I'm a freelance editor and joined-at-the-hip lover of the English language. It's in my blood, it's in my cells, and I feel that I'm supposed to share my experience with the world.
That said, it's taken me a lifetime of learning to get where I am grammatically. It's always been a main focus in my life, and I realize that's a rare thing (and kind of strange.) My love of language has taken me here, but what's the use if I can't help others get where I am via a shorter route?
It's said that 99% of people quit trying something when they've been unsuccessful three times. The most successful people in the world don't quit when things get tough, however, which is why they tend to succeed. Learning takes time, effort, and even discomfort sometimes--yet if we want to excel in our craft, we must be willing to make some sacrifices.
Writers abound, and we have to distinguish ourselves from the masses. Go for the gold! Content, of course, is the most important factor, but grammar is your content's complementary twin. Without content, there is nothing. Content without grammar is a step forward, but still not quite right. Good content with proper grammar will lead you to new heights.
I hope to help you become a better writer, but without the confusion so often attached to grammar. In the process I'll become a better writer myself. Happy writing, and I look forward to seeing you soon.
© 2011 Kate P