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!
Rather than learn a plethora of grammar rules and exceptions, wouldn’t you rather remember 7 tips to dramatically improve your writing? For those who have been avoiding grammar, this might sound too good to be true.
When I edit nonfiction, I find common themes that cloud writing. Here are my assumptions about cloudy writing:
I personally think that clarity must be the foundation of any writing—in any genre. I also think that a clear mind produces clear writing and that unclear writing is a reflection of a muddled mind. That’s not a judgment; it’s a simple observation and it's personal experience. Many writers choose to meditate before they put pen to paper or before they start tapping the keyboard. They create an outline or organize their thoughts with Post-It Notes. Others go for a run or have a shower.
The methods are varied, but this question unifies many writers: How can I be a better writer without spending a lot of time studying grammar?
I am about to share 7 great tips for clear nonfiction writing; these tips are zero- to low-grammar ways of thinking about writing. My e-course will be available this fall. I’m super excited because I love the feedback I’ve received from writers, and I really enjoy seeing writers bring it into practice.
The 7 tips are so easy to integrate into your writing that I know you will learn a lot in the practice and will quickly find yourself amazed by your own work. You’ll be more confident, and you’ll soon be sharing these tips with others. You can be a better writer without taking a course in grammar!
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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.