Your Grammar is Terrible!

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By “your”, I meant mine.

My Grammar is Terrible!

At least I think so…?

The truth is, I don’t know if my grammar is bad or not, which I will explain in a minute. I know when I read someone’s work whether they have good grammar or bad. There is an easy test to determine whether someone’s grammar is atrocious, and that’s whether or not it’s easy to read.

If you have to read a sentence more than once to understand it, then it’s bad.

I’m not talking about little mistakes here and there, because the best writers in the world make mistakes or else there wouldn’t be editors.

I’m talking about all of the rules, and these things ;:,.?”(}){[‘]….. Who came up with these little hieroglyphics?? (Yeah, I total just googled how to spell that… not even spell check could understand my stupidity there)

WAIT! Why am I even talking about grammar? Who gives a crap about grammar enough to read an entire post about it???

Well, funny enough, but my grammar is a huge insecurity of mine. I love to write, and I want to be a writer, so it’s a fairly big insecurity right now.

Last Friday was my most popular post ever (“Finding Love Again” in case you missed it), so I reread the post the next day. I normally pretend I didn’t actually post anything, and never read a piece again. Friday’s post was different. I wanted to know why people liked it so much, which is not the point. The point is; I found errors and it bothered the crap out of me. I just had a ton of people (compared to other posts) read my writing, and there were errors galore.

Here is the deal, I know nothing about grammar in the educational sense. Like I know absolutely nothing.

Well, I do know that a “Noun” is a person, place, or thing. Sadly, that is all I know.

How can this be? One might ask.

 

Simple, I moved from Arizona to Texas in the middle of 5th grade.

Huh?

When I moved to Texas, they were light-years ahead of what I was learning in Arizona. Hard to believe Texans as being ahead, but Texas is pretty much the best at everything, or at least the biggest.

I struggled so bad in English, and my teacher was awful, and especially mean to top it off.

This brick wall of a transition has followed me my whole life. I do not know what a verb is, which I think is a descriptive word. I do not know what an adverb is, and cannot even guess. I definitely do not know what a preposition is. I think “is” might be one, and someone said the other day to never end a sentence with a preposition, like I might have just done. I know nothing about sentence structure, or paragraph structure. When do you end a paragraph? How long does a sentence have to be, before it is considered a run on sentence?

This lack of knowledge creates extreme anxiety at times. The anxiety hits a peak when other writers may be reading my posts. My own Granny’s boyfriend (really a husband at this point) is a writer and subscribes to this blog… but has never liked or commented. Is he reading it just shaking his head? Does he print my blog out and red pen the hell out of it? Probably not. I guess I will find out since I just called him out on this post. If he doesn’t respond, then he probably doesn’t actually read it, which might help my anxiety.

Has anyone thought to themselves yet; “He’s not that bad.”, or “He’s full of crap.”, or “His grammar is really good.”?

Like I said, I don’t know if it is good or bad. What I do know is that I can write at whatever level this is because of one simple reason, and that’s because I read a lot. A lot a lot! I don’t read books as often as I would like, but when I get time to read them, I read a lot of them. I read news articles all day long. I read blog posts all day long. I read and read and read.

When you read a lot, you then start to notice the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Stephanie Myer is an awful read. I liked the stories okay, but reading it was not pleasant.

Stephen King, usually is an amazing read. He might be the king (pun intended) of run on sentences though. In the book The Gunslinger, Steve has a sentence that spans a page and a half. That’s got to be a run on, right?

J.k. Rowling, my favorite read ever. She might have saved book reading for an entire generation.

I could probably read a book on grammar, and learn all those uppity rules, but I doubt I ever will. Then writing would be less fun, and more like work. Too much thought would interfere with flow, creativity, and my “writing voice”.

I put commas in places that I would pause if I were speaking, which may be wrong or right. Again, I don’t know. For the rest of the rules, I just guess.

Here is the take away:

Do not ever let your lack of knowledge hinder your passion for something you love. This life is less interesting when we contain ourselves in the expectation boxes of others. You have to practice anything to get good at it, let alone great. Talent is less of a vehicle than most people think. It’s really not much of a vehicle at all. If Steph Curry had never touched a basketball in his life and shot a 3-pointer, do you really think he’d be good, let alone great? Talent is great, but hard work is better.

As for me, I will keep on keepin on. My writing gets better every day, whether the subject matter is popular or not.

 

Thank you for reading!

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