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Writing Tips: Why Grammar is Important!

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I'm a dental hygienist, pyrography artist, avid gardener, writer, vegetarian, world traveler, and many other things!

© Kate P.

© Kate P.

Why Grammar is Important

grammar tells the reader when to pause for breath how to emphasize certain words or phrases and read things aloud since its a written form of language you know what i mean how else do you know where one sentence ends and another begins i ask you its hard to read this isnt it you want your readers to feel like theyre floating down a river not gasping for breath

*Gasp!* The above, of course, contains no grammar whatsoever and is therefore difficult to read! When writing, we don't want readers to stumble or get bogged-down deciphering what we're trying to say. It should be clear, concise, and easy to read; after all, we're trying to get a message across to them and keep them coming back for more!

A lack of punctuation is akin to throwing random speed bumps into the highway--it can and will slow readers down, and eventually they're going to say "screw it" and take the next exit! We don't want readers to exit; we want them to continue down our smooth highway of awesomeness until they reach the end.

  • Here's an example of grammatical speed bumps:

I didnt' know what theyr'e talking about because of there bad grammer I had to take: The next exit!

  • Translation with speed bumps removed:

I didn't know what they were talking about. Because of their bad grammar, I had to take the next exit!

Why You Should Care Enough to Learn

It's one thing to speak aloud and quite another to speak through written language. I'm aware of, and even embrace, text messaging language--to a point! It has its place, and it's not here in the professional writing circle.

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If you're serious about writing, please consider grammar to be your best friend. You might quarrel sometimes, but in the end grammar is there to support your efforts and to help you succeed.

The written word, when embraced in all its glory, is a beautiful picture puzzle. Those who have the key to its secrets can easily assemble a beautiful picture; those who don't can sporadically assemble a pixelated image where the reader must fill in the gaps. Readers who comes across a good writer's word puzzles don't see a puzzle at all; they see the whole picture--like a beautiful painting. Indeed, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

As a serious writer, it's your duty to ensure smooth sailing for your readers. Writing is an art form; an experience; a splinter of the divine. What is your writing but an expression of yourself, after all? Why do you write, but that you feel a fire burning inside of you that needs to get out?

Where to Go

I want to help other writers to reach their full potential, and in the process I'll hone my skills as well. After all, teaching is the best way to learn. There's nothing I love more than working on my skills and becoming more than what I was yesterday.

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I've written the following hubs to help everyone with their grammar. I hope you enjoy learning about it as much as I love talking about it!

Words of Encouragement

I'm a freelance editor and joined-at-the-hip lover of the English language. It's in my blood, it's in my cells, and I feel that I'm supposed to share my experience with the world.

That said, it's taken me a lifetime of learning to get where I am grammatically. It's always been a main focus in my life, and I realize that's a rare thing (and kind of strange.) My love of language has taken me here, but what's the use if I can't help others get where I am via a shorter route?

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Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect

It's said that 99% of people quit trying something when they've been unsuccessful three times. The most successful people in the world don't quit when things get tough, however, which is why they tend to succeed. Learning takes time, effort, and even discomfort sometimes--yet if we want to excel in our craft, we must be willing to make some sacrifices.

Writers abound, and we have to distinguish ourselves from the masses. Go for the gold! Content, of course, is the most important factor, but grammar is your content's complementary twin. Without content, there is nothing. Content without grammar is a step forward, but still not quite right. Good content with proper grammar will lead you to new heights.

I hope to help you become a better writer, but without the confusion so often attached to grammar. In the process I'll become a better writer myself. Happy writing, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

© 2011 Kate P

Comments

PaigSr from State of Confusion on June 20, 2015:

Looks good. Thanks.

Kate P (author) from The North Woods, USA on July 31, 2012:

I hope my other grammar hubs come in useful as well. I agree that grammar is a difficult subject, and I've tried to make it fun and easy to learn. It will take time and repetition no matter what, but I figured it would be more memorable if it was a little bit silly.

Thanks for the wonderful comments.

ignugent17 on June 21, 2012:

Thanks for the information Faceless39 . This hub will really help me to be careful in writing . Grammar is really important.

mikoas from Nigeria on June 11, 2012:

Hi, it is good to learn from others people. this is informative hub that everyone should make use of. thanks

thakurAmar on April 14, 2012:

Its very difficult to be perfect in grammar but still it is very important at least for writing purpose.

Kate P (author) from The North Woods, USA on March 07, 2012:

I've just added some links to this hub to help everyone find my grammar-related articles.

Thanks so much for the great comments! I hope you find these hubs helpful.

kccamp from Ontario on March 07, 2012:

Great hub!

Grammer is something that I need to work on. And I love how you put things so clear, easy to follow.

Daryln Cochrane from New York, NY on February 17, 2012:

I am so with you on this! Great hub. I was about to ask you if you ever read Eats Shoots & Leaves and then I saw above where you commented on it! Excellent book, I agree. When I first starting reading your hub, I was like, what? Very funny start. Thanks for the info.

Cliff Mendrez from Philippines on January 27, 2012:

Fantastic hub, Faceless. I've been trying to improve my grammar for many months now through writing. I've found that my new best friend is the dictionary. Strange but very fun friend to have.

ronhi from Kenya on January 11, 2012:

Am glad am not among the 99% that give up on third attempt. I will keep learning grammar until am as good as you- or even half as good:) Great Hub Faceless. Voted up useful

Kate P (author) from The North Woods, USA on January 07, 2012:

"Eats, Shoots & Leaves" by Lynne Truss is one of my favorite books, period! I just love how she gives the background to each grammatical symbol, and how she uses humor. It's the right approach, in my opinion!

Thank you everyone for reading, commenting, and making an effort to improve your grammar. That's awesome, and I'm sure your readers will thank you!

Kymberly Fergusson from Germany on January 01, 2012:

It's good learn grammar properly and to know why grammar is important before you break it (on purpose)! One of my favourite grammar books on the importance of punctuation is "Eats, shoots & leaves" by Lynne Truss.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on December 03, 2011:

You are so right. The best way to learn something is to have to teach it. I like your comparison of the written word to a beautiful picture. Great hub.

pseudo-scripto14 from Philippines on December 02, 2011:

glad that you followed me or else I'll be in oblivion anew when it comes to "punctuation". I'll try to read all of it to avoid certain mistakes in the future. It's viable!

Barbara from Stepping past clutter on December 01, 2011:

It is a relief to know my grammar is ok. Seriously! One never knows. And there are times when I am misinterpreted. But I think that has more to do with the person skimming the hub. Anyway, thanks for a most important set of writings!

Kate P (author) from The North Woods, USA on December 01, 2011:

Thanks to everyone for their inspiring comments! It's great to know there are so many people who care about grammar! Wooot!

@Storytellersrus, LOL thanks! It took all my effort to write that silly, non-grammatical mess haha. I actually did notice the grammar in your hubs is great, and you're completely right about the thermometer. As for Boulder, I left when I was 12 (about 22 years ago now!) but it's always had a place in my heart. I'm looking forward to visiting again some day! :)

Barbara from Stepping past clutter on December 01, 2011:

love your first paragraph because stuff like that always makes me laugh especially or even when it is meant to be an intentional example of what not to do i guess it inspires me to copycat what the heck hey if you ever read a grammatical error on one of my hubs would you please comment because i do the best i can but i agree that grammar to a writer is like a thermometer to a general practitioner and hey how did you like boulder anyway great hub

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 17, 2011:

Thanks for sharing this valuable hub. Voted UP and USEFUL!

jfay2011 on November 06, 2011:

Very good hub. I'm sure I probably don't always put my commas in the right places. But there was one hub I discovered while hub hopping, that I didn't respond to. I took on look and the person's grammar was terrible. I kept on hopping.

Stephanie Das from Miami, US on November 03, 2011:

This is too true! Grammar is key to getting people to actually read!

shea duane from new jersey on November 03, 2011:

I've been on hubpages for less than 3 months, and I'm starting to go a bit crazy because of the poor spelling and grammar. help!

great hub

Keith Engel from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on November 03, 2011:

This is a really good hub. I know I have struggled with certain aspects of grammar over the years. It is sad that people no longer get proper grammar education through school. I have worked through some of a book called Rex's barks. It is book about diagramming sentences.

brandasaur from Planet X on November 03, 2011:

Grammar really is important because people will just make fun of you for sure even if you just forgot a single simple word. That's why I always take note of the words I'm saying/typing.

Kate P (author) from The North Woods, USA on November 03, 2011:

@ThoughtSandwiches, it's good to see you again! Great to get positive feedback from, obviously, the tastiest sandwich on HubPages! (I really do appreciate it.)

@Writerspavilion, LOL I looove that example! Thanks for the awesome example and feedback! If you think of any more, please feel free to post. To be honest I had writers' block when trying to come up with an example! :)

writerspavilion from India on November 03, 2011:

fantastic hub!! really.. grammar is very important.. I want to quote an example

Let's eat Grandma!! :):)

Let's eat, Grandma!!!

ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on November 02, 2011:

hi Faceless...

I have read this and voted all the appropriate Up buttons. More importantly, I have bookmarked it for when I am eventually going to need it...that next hub!

Thanks for the wonderful work!

Thomas

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