I was reading Karen’s post today titled Talk to Me over at the Write Anything site, and I’m the last person that should be “Writing about English!” Because, quite frankly, I just don’t get it. But I’ve decided to use her questions as my writing prompt for today and to try an answer them. I’ll be using Search My Blog and posting a few of the things I’ve said previously about this topic. Let me just start by saying, “I find it extremely embarrassing that my English isn’t what I’d like it to be. But I’ve learned a lot more by trying to write then I would have if I wasn’t.” As I write I’m learning how to write more proficiently.
Karen asks: “In honor of National Grammar Day, (which was Thursday), do you have any grammar books? Punctuation? Writing guidelines? Style books?
More importantly, have you read them?
How do you feel about grammar in general? Important? Vital? Unnecessary? Fussy?”
I have books to help me with my grammar like: The Little Brown Compact Handbook (I have the 2nd Edition) or The Scott Foresman Handbook for Writers (I have the 2nd Edition). Online sites like: The Elements of Style, or as in Andrea’s article link to Grammar Girl. But reading them, remembering them, or my comprehension of them, is a problem for me. In answer to how I feel about grammar I thought I’d post some thoughts from previous posts like No Coincidences: “The reason that I say I could never be a writer is because, as I am ashamed to admit, that in school I failed English more times than I care to say.”
This is from My Writing Hobby!: “A few of the reasons why I don’t consider myself a writer are: I don’t really enjoy reading that much and they say that all good writers like to read. I have never been good at English, and I don’t have a very good vocabulary. Punctuation is just something that I try to do to make the words on the page more readable, not that I know where the correct punctuation goes. I can’t diagram a sentence although I have tried; it’s just something that I just don’t understand.”
In conclusion: Thank you for the questions and the writing prompt for today. As the name of the site says: “Write Anything” and that’s pretty much what I do every day. I love the writing therapy and there is something that makes me try and write each day. Whether or not I get the English right, or the punctuation, or the grammar right, and how important that is to my readers: Really, makes me wonder sometimes? I am having fun writing and Enjoying Life!
Thanks for Listening,