I read a lot of hubs that are covering great topics, hitting key points and written in an engaging manner, but they have many grammatical errors. Now, I may be a bit of a grammar and spelling snob, but I feel like those two elements are essential to both good writing, as well as quality writing. How do you feel about this? Can writing that isn't necessarily five stars grammar and spelling wise still be good writing?
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Sorry to interrupt you. You accept having patted your child telling "This is well written" or "This is good". Leave the buts. You can point out the errors. But you can not classify it as not good. Good is good even if it has some mistakes.
Those students who leave public school in the U.S. with good writing skills do so either because they have a teacher who cares about the language or parents who care enough to overcome Twitter, texting, and Facebook spewing of words.
Amen, Jaye! I will add that parents have an obligation to help their kids to KNOW what is correct (or not) and insist they speak, spell correctly and use proper grammar when speaking or writing. I was basically a nag....but my sons are glad I was!
I agree with Venkatachari..I was raised by an illiterate immigrant. I have above average punctuation and writing skills as a result of my self-discipline and ability to apply myself.
The problem today isn't education. It's self-discipline.
Definitely an acceptable answer!
Thank you for assuring me that I am not alone Eric!
Your views are correct and simply because of some minor mistakes you can not tag a person as bad writer or not-a-good writer.
I would like to add that good writing is 'written good'. While quality writing is 'well written'.
Perhaps editing is a lucrative business, but they are not all perfect. I read novels, magazines, etc. and come across spelling, and grammar, errors all of the time. Now I have reedited my Hubs and found errors I missed the first time.
You are true, The Examiner. I too agree with you that we can locate some error or other mistake even at any perfect considered work. There is always the chance to improve yourself at any point and nobody may reach 100% perfectionism.
Examiner, I agree. Editing and proofreading is the job of those who define themselves as grammar and punctuation experts. Yet, today's publishers are hiring editors and proofreaders who lack the ability to do their jobs comprehensively.
Your suggestion to edit is spot on, but some 'writers' are too lazy.
Use of colloquialisms is not poor grammar, but adds to the regional flavor of writing, particularly in fiction.
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Venkatachari M..I agree. The judgment of "good writing" vs. "quality writing" doesn't originate from a single source. The perfectionists should know that 3% is the human error margin across the board. None are perfect.
Yes, Ewent. I also agree with you and think that we should always be learning from others as knowledge is an endless ocean.
While I don't think anyone can attain the pinnacle of perfection in writing or any other endeavor, I do believe everyone should make the effort. Anyone who writes to be read by others should strive to write well.
Yes. There are only few who can be tagged as 100% perfect. Most are only good writers and we can learn much from all these good writers. But perfection, I think, is something innate gift which is possessed by God's gift and blessings.
Perfection isn't the desired target, readability is. You can have three articles on the same theme written differently, grammar cleaned up, edited and so on and all three might be correct, but which one do you want to read? That's what's wanted.