The Grammar Police

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By Jerry Lambert

Nowadays, anybody can be a writer. The digital age has given us the tools to be able to write whatever we like, whenever we like, on any device we like. I’m dictating this on my smartphone while walking my dog. While the shackles have been thrown off budding authors like me, there is an enemy out there for novice writers. I am talking, of course, about the Grammar Police. This group of writing elites seems dedicated to putting all of us basement bloggers in our place. I recently had a run-in with one of these enforcers, and it wasn’t pretty.

A couple of weeks ago, I showed one of my articles, The Halloween Parade, to a professional writer. I wanted to get her opinion on the content of my story. Did she see where I was going? Did it make her laugh? Did it make her sentimental? I have no idea. Instead, she spent the next fifteen minutes ripping apart my grammar. Keep in mind, I haven’t had a grammar class since I was in elementary school. I’m 59 years old, so it’s been quite a while. When I write, my only rule is, “Does it flow?” Is the reader going to stop and say to himself, “Wait, that doesn’t sound right.” If not, I think I’ve done my job.

The beauty of this digital age is that blogging allows us to spread our writer’s wings. We don’t have to subscribe to the well-worn rules of the Grammar Police. We can publish articles for our target audience, and let them decide if it’s worth reading and sharing. I won’t lie. Having my story ripped apart by a professional writer stung. Nonetheless, I have gotten to a point in my life how I can accept negative feedback and see where I can improve. My writing can reach the next level if I polish up my grammar skills. Therefore, I started looking around for an online grammar class and I found Daily Grammar. It’s a free and appears to be exactly what I was looking for. That’s it. I’m off my soapbox. Have a nice day.

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