If you have ever received negative feedback or backwards comments about your writing you should learn from it, if at all possible. Sometimes it will be purely grammatical in the structure of it’s nature. If it is something you you can apply in general to strengthen your writing, then you should take note and apply it on a regular basis. This is one of the best ways to become a great writer on your own.
Below are 4 reasons why all the grammar tips and advice you get may not be the best ones to follow:
1. Grammar Police aren’t perfect – People in glass houses and all that. If you want to criticize someone else’s writing, you better make damn sure yours is absolutely perfect. And who wants that kind of stress?
2. Grammar Police waste time – The time and energy you spend policing other people’s grammar is better spent elsewhere — like, say, writing. I guarantee you will never see, say, Stephen King shooting off an email to a writer admonishing her for a typo. He’s too busy, you know, writing bestsellers.
3. Grammar Police have bad attitudes – I think the term “Grammar Police” refers specifically to people who berate you for your grammar errors — all out of proportion to the severity of said errors. Those who tell you your writing won’t be taken seriously with typos, or who paint a picture of you as a frazzled writer who can’t cope with life. If that’s the attitude you display to other writers, you’re going to have a hard time networking and making friends in the writing community. And we all know how important contacts are in this industry, right?
4. Grammar Police have trouble writing – People who are sticklers for grammar and who blow up over typos tend to be perfectionists who never get their writing out to the world because they’re too concerned with making it perfect — which it will never be. When you see a writer who is über prolific, you’ll find that they make the occasional error. That’s because they don’t get hung up on getting it perfect — they get hung up on getting it done.
Sometimes bending the regular writing rules makes certain pieces stand out and get more notice. Sometimes it just help break things down to be a little more reader friendly.
Do you prefer a strict and grammar perfect writing type or do you sometimes write a little more on the casual side? Or does it just depend on the type of writing you are doing?