Grammar Police, the Writer's Who Know It All

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 scribbling 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.

Great Writer's
  • Even the writing greats 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 the 4 reason's below why grammar police should retire:

Grammar Police T-shirt
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" refers to those individuals who chide others 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 wasters

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 criticising her for a typing error. Why? He's too busy writing best seller'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".
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