I have been reading and writing here 10 months, give or take a week or two. Who counts when you’re having fun? I have read good articles, great articles, many mediocre articles and quite a few poorly written articles.
To be a ‘writer’ takes more than putting words out there for others to read. You need correct grammar, correct spelling, an understanding of the English language and the ability to learn from your mistakes.
Just because you know how to make paper book covers for your child’s school books doesn’t mean you have the ability to write an article about it. Everyone is not meant to be a writer. Sometimes I wonder what I am doing here to be honest with you. I have a good imagination. I have a good sense of humor. I have above average writing skills. Do I have room for improvement? Yes. We all do.
I get extremely frustrated when I read an article that ‘almost’ makes sense but not quite. I have read more sentences than I care to count that do not have punctuation, or the wrong punctuation. I have read sentences where the first word of that sentence was not capitalized. I have read sentences that repeated key words so many times it was obviously a tactic used to stretch the word count, as well as the key word count.
While trying to find some new authors to read this afternoon, I came across an article that was extremely fitting to my mood. The title: “Three Common Grammar and Punctuation Mistakes” by Rachelle Dawson. Rachelle is new to AC and I think we can all learn from her article. I jumped right on that article and enjoyed it thoroughly. It is well written and extremely easy to understand. I think that everyone who reads my article should click on the link to Rachelle’s article. Everyone means you! We all forget and we all cheat at times to get an article out quick.
I think we need to slow down, type, read, proof read and proof read one more time before clicking the “publish” button. If you publish DO only you have the ability to go back in and correct your mistakes. Once I hit publish I leave that page open. I then go to my e-mail notice and read the article. If I see an error, which does happen, I jump right back to the publish page and fix it. Hit save and you are good to go.
Sometimes we move at such speeds we really need to stop, think, take a breath and then continue. If one person reads this and learns, or relearns, something about punctuation or grammar, it was worth the time it took to write this.