As an editor and a writing coach, I would never encourage a writer to not learn grammar. (Excuse the double negative.)
If you have a mind for learning, puzzles and for problem solving, you’ll probably love the eight parts of speech. (I did!)
Maybe you don’t have any urge to learn these things or maybe you don’t have time...or likely it’s a combo of both. Yet, you are at your computer, typing out blogs, web content, essays, business communications and so on.
Grammar is delicious for the hungry mind of a writer, but grammar isn’t necessary to write prolifically, clearly and/or convincingly. That's my belief!
You are a great writer.
Perhaps you weren’t taught in the best way. Someone tried to teach you grammar and your left brain tripped over your right brain and fell flat on its frontal lobe. Even if the brain dominance theory has been debunked, it probably felt like that inside your head.
From that day forward, you may have been telling yourself that you’re terrible at English and you’ll never be a great writer.
Let’s back track. If you're writing, then you are a great writer who may have not received the best teaching. Yet.
As a writer, I’m told that the word “very” weakens prose and proves me lazy. Initially, I viewed this as a very serious (solemn) problem. That’s because I was writing my blogs at night, when I was very tired (exhausted). This is the only time I have to spare after a full day of work and household chores.
The longer I stayed awake at nights to find other ways to say what I meant without using “very,” the more I would raid the kitchen and eat. I become very hungry (ravenous) when I stay up past 11pm! Someone even commented that I was becoming very fat (dumpy), which made me very angry (furious).
I decided I was going to have to be very creative (innovative) about my writing and my time management. This clearly isn’t a very small (tiny) problem as plenty is written about it on the Internet and in grammar books. And I trust my editor; she’s very clear (lucent) in her approach.
Meet the Editor
I'm Coreen, and I am a copy editor, writer, instructor, digital marketer, and student of PR and Communications for organizations doing positive work in the world.