I need to tell you a secret. You have to promise you won’t tell anybody. Promise? Okay. This is a little awkward, but–oh man, this is perhaps even a bit embarrassing. Geez Whizz… I’m a writer. Take a deep breath, I know you won’t believe this, but… (checking over my shoulder to make sure no one is listening), I seriously don’t like spelling or grammar.
There! I said it. Please don’t think lesser of me. I’m sure I learned all I needed to in school but like really, do I need to know what a dangling participle is, and why should I care? Stuff like nouns relating to verbs and adjectives going on about modifications….EEEEK! Makes me wanna run and hide.
The language is intrinsic within my being. I can’t name words but I know the difference between active and passive voice, I know how to show not tell, and I can definitely craft a character that engages a reader to the point of losing track of time.
Now, with all that said, the reason for my dislike of grammar and spelling is laid out below in the picture. Ugh… When we were kids in elementary school we had to recite:
I before E except after C and in words that sound like A like neighbor and weigh. Well, that was all a ruse wasn’t it? The English language is so full of rules that don’t apply I rebelled. It’s weird, isn’t it?
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