Hear or here? Hair or hare? There and their. Mash and mass.
They look simple enough, don’t they? Just words. But this is where a lot of people accidentally take a stumble. We know what we mean to write, but in our hurry, here, becomes hear? Their becomes there? You’re probably thinking why am I on about this now?
I’m not sure if anyone else has picked the grammatical mistake in this page? If you have, well done. If you haven’t, you may want to start again…
Grammar is the most common misspelling of ‘grammar’.
So why is good old grammar suddenly in the limelight of my blog? Because, continuing with my Catch 22 Trapping Writers, I am expanding on that ever-present pressure on writers to be perfect in writing. Of, course, that sounds absolutely silly. Who else but writers are expected to know the ins and outs of grammar and it’s best friend, punctuation? Actually, nowadays, in fact, everyone is expected to perfect grammar and punctuation considering we have access to computers and software. However it’s perfectly understandable to expect writers to automatically string beautiful, mistake free sentences after sentences to bring you nice cohesive, smooth running stories that move. Still, the final product that lands on your hands as readers is in reality the result of polishing and polishing and polishing of the initial story that gets written in paper or directly onto the screen. Either way, what you read is really not what we initially write. Our initial scribbling are full of mistakes.
Just like wine, writing is something that we brew and then let develop over time. As a writer, I feel the pressure to be perfect in my writing from the get go, and feel grammar and punctuation hover over my shoulders whispering away, driving me crazy. My remedy for this predicament? I just keep writing, ploughing through errors regardless of the nagging need to make sure G and P are down on paper correctly, because I know I can iron out the little bumps later on, either myself or hire some help.
Moral of this odd story: don’t worry about making mistakes. Just keep writing till you finish the story you want to tell. You always have time to refine the details later.
Write first. Worry about G and P later.