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My weekend blog is a day early this time. I have a lot on the plate for the weekend, including the planting of a garden! Tomatoes, peppers, lettuces, and herbs. It's going to be a lot of work, but in the summer when I'm enjoying a fresh salad, I'll appreciate the work I put in now.

Today I want to talk about Grammar. There is a series of children's books called The Series of Unfortunate Events. I love the books, especially book three in the series, The Wide Window. One of the main characters, Aunt Josephine, always tells people she loves grammar. In one part she leaves a note that is full of grammatical errors as a clue to where she has been taken when she is kidnapped. It was so fascinating to me!

I will admit I am not the best at grammar when it comes to my own writing. I go with the flow, write in the moment, figure someone else will help me clean up the grammar later. Right? But the other day I was listening to a group of people talk about writing. The general consensus was that teachers place too much emphasis on grammar, and not enough of the creative process of writing. Granted, I've long heard that. I've always known that it is said that if you hack a child's work apart with the dreaded red pencil they will not want to write at all.

See what I mean, I bet there are several grammatical errors in those 2 paragraphs alone.

In any case, these people went on to say that writing is not all about grammar, or words to that effect. Because I've just recently gone through two edits, and when I was done I felt about two inches tall after seeing all the grammatical errors I had made, I actually scoffed aloud. Writing isn't all about grammar? I challenge any of these people to pick up a book and show me where the author is just allowed to express themselves creatively with no regard to grammar. Of course I agree that writing is about creative expression, passion, all kinds of things like that...but at the root is good grammar.

It was just a momentary irritation, but that was what I felt like writing about today.


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May. 5th, 2012 07:18 am (UTC)
Like with everything it's about balance. If you disregard grammer altogther what is left is not readible and the ideas and creativity expressed within the writing is lost.

The whole teaching thing about getting the kids to aim high - if you set the benchmark low, that's what you'll get.
May. 6th, 2012 02:56 pm (UTC)
The issue I've always had is when people's egos get in the way of teaching, and unfortunately that's what seemed to be happening with this group.

I agree, there has to be a happy medium somewhere.
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