A few days ago, I had the great fortune to happen upon a blog post that explains incredibly well some things that I have been trying to explain to people for years, and explains those things far better than I could even if I didn’t go inarticulate with fury sometimes when dealing with would-be authors who insist that ‘grammer dont matter cos i write wat i FEEL lol!!!’ (Why these people ever seek out help in making their writing better, I have yet to understand, but that could be one of life’s unanswerable questions, like, Why does my cat always want to play fetch when I’m busy at the computer?)
The blog is by Eva Blaskovic. She’s brilliant. Read what she has to say about how diminishing the words we use to express our thoughts diminishes what thoughts we can have. Read what she has to say about the times when ‘bad grammar’ is exactly the right thing to do, and why that’s not the same as bad writing. Read what she has to say about good editors not trying to force authors to change their personal style. And follow her advice not to trust your word processing program’s spell checker.