dose spallng gramer citpialsashun puncktashum cant? i thank crativity conts moor, Weather i right evurthng jest write fore reders shuld not be enfloouns if there injoyng the blog!
Okay, maybe that was a little over-the-top.
I am kind of obsessed with words and writing right now. Between my new passion of writing children’s books and my ongoing enthusiasm for this blog, I am constantly looking for the right words. And then trying to make sure those groups of words have correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
Plus, I had an interview yesterday for an English teaching position. So that just got my grammar brain churning even more.
What we write and how we write it communicates a great deal about us. Paying attention to writing mechanics indicates professionalism, regard, and pride. That being said, how particular we are about writing rules can depend on the situation – sometimes – okay, rarely. But, it can.
Take blogs for example. As far as writing mechanics errors in posts – blogs are a form of publishing. No, these are not usually formal essays. And we sometimes use fragments instead of complete sentences or unusual punctuation to help create a certain idea or attitude.
But a post that has writing mechanics errors affects me the same way that a musician singing or playing wrong notes would affect me – I might let one or two mistakes pass if I like the rest of the song. However, if I’m consistently hearing wrong notes, I don’t want to continue to listen.
Have I ever published a blog post that had mistakes? ………….
Okay – yes I have! And when I discovered mistakes later, I was devastated. Of course, in a blog post, we can go back and fix things.
If there are mistakes in books that are published, those are much more difficult to fix. That’s why I have several people look at my book manuscripts carefully before they are published. Hopefully, more eyes make it possible to have no mistakes.
writing neds 2 be crativ but it allso kneeds two be corekt. I mean, writing needs to be creative, but it also needs to be correct. Otherwise, the writer is not able to communicate with the reader. And, after all, isn’t that the point of writing?
(If you can’t figure out the first part of this post, let me know. I’ll translate.)
Grammer? I don’t need no stinkin’ Grammer! LOLOL Loved the post and especially loved the musical analogy. But now I’m going to be paranoid about you reading my comments…..better go dust off my 7th grade grammar book!
HeeHeeHee!! I thought you might like the musical analogy. But it’s so true, right? Don’t worry, I don’t critique the writing in comments. Well……… 🙂
I’m glad that I am not the only person who has quarks regarding grammar and spelling. I’m not the greatest at either, but it still drives me bonkers!
I know what you mean, Amy! 🙂