The Plight of Grammar in Writing

Fascinating post. How do YOU approach grammar and punctuation? Is it a guide to help a reader follow your story, or is it the be all end all, unbreakable set of rules to be adhered at all costs?

A Writer's Path

by Doug Lewars

“have it your talking may about you Good can’t what to to reader overrated you’re some idea grammar if ignored. when be but be want writing it entirely comes”

The above is a random collection of words – literally random – I used a random number generator in Excel to produce them; however, before being randomized they were once a coherent sentence. The original sentence was ‘Good grammar may be overrated when it comes to writing but it can’t be entirely ignored if you want your reader to have some idea what you’re talking about.’

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3 thoughts on “The Plight of Grammar in Writing

  1. I’m a grammarian at heart, but it’s more important to me that the voice is authentic. So if a character would say something incorrectly, I’ll forego the rules of grammar in their thoughts and conversations to make them ring true in the story. In the end, I think that’s vital to a reader bonding with the book.

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