Reader/Writer Confessions: Spelling and Grammar

Happy  Easter Saturday, guys! Ahh, isn’t Saturday wonderful? I can almost smell the procrastination in the air! Today’s Reader/Writer Confessions is about writing — and more importantly, spelling and grammar (and punctuation.)

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I’m a writer, yes, but I’m not a very good speller. Sure, I correct people’s (very obvious) errors, but when it comes to spelling, I’m not that great. Given, becoming a writer has certainly improved my spelling/grammar, but when I started writing, I was horrible.

Take the words ‘Your’ and ‘You’re’ for example. Embarrassingly enough, I didn’t know the difference. I mean, yes, I suppose that if I really had to think about it, I would figure out the difference and fix it — but more often than not, I had to use spell-check to notice my errors so I could fix them. I eventually stopped using spell check, and figured out which I needed on my own. The same goes with the word ‘Definitely’. Predictably, I’d always spelt it ‘Defiantly’. After realizing I only had to add the letters ‘ly’ onto the bulk of the world, ‘Definitely’ … Well, that made things a lot easier.

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Now, is that adorable or is that adorable!?

My punctuation was, marginally, better than my spelling and grammar. Though only slightly.

There was always one errors I made every single time as a writer — and it took me years to try to figure out what I was doing wrong and why. It was only when I took the time to research it that I realized my errors.

Punctuating my dialogue confused the heck outta me when I first started writing.

When was I supposed to put a comma? A period? Did I just leave it, and put nothing there? SO MANY DECISIONS.

Anyway — I figured out the basics and applied that to my writing. This was how I learned it: A comma belongs before a dialogue tag, a period before an action tag, and if there’s neither a dialogue or action tag, then you use a full stop. Simple, once you’ve got it, but if you don’t learn this stuff when you write you’ll find yourself getting confused.

But once you’ve mastered the basics, they’re hard to forget.

Now, as a writer, I don’t make these basic errors as much — but that still doesn’t necessarily mean I am good at spelling or grammar. Sometimes I get confused about when I should use a semi-colon, but let’s face it: The English language is as confusing as hell. 

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I have no idea WHERE this gif is from, but it’s really quite disturbing. Still, chocolate.

As a writer, do you struggle with grammar and spelling? Let me know in the comments below. 

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5 thoughts on “Reader/Writer Confessions: Spelling and Grammar

  1. OH HECK YEAH. I suck at all things spelling and grammar. Except for the spelling, it’s opposite for me. I used to be a wondrous speller (I was doing year 12 spelling in year 10…or something ridiculous). Now? Thank goodness for spellcheck. I’ve always sucked at grammar though. It’s the bane of my existence. :(( Even now my critique partners pick up silly things like than/then (that’s my worst) and it’s/its and I either use ALL the commas or none at all. Totally relate to this post!!

  2. Hannah Montana. It is from Hannah Montana.

    (I’d love to write a more meaningful comment about how I understand your frustrations, but I’ve always been pretty good with grammar/spelling. Well, except for on that spelling test in first grade when I forgot the h in what. However, now I’ve figured out that pesky silent h, and I write a “grammar tips” feature on our blog. I’m always looking for ideas for my next post, so let me know if there are other difficult grammar/spelling things you struggle with!)

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