Posts Tagged ‘writing’

This is my first blog as a writer!  I’ve written for my website, for courses I’ve conducted, for speeches and seminars, and for newspaper and even magazine articles.  But this is the first time I’m writing, just to be a writer.

About 7 months ago, I developed a colossal case of writer’s block, because everything I wrote was being written for a purpose, as an “in order to” and had to be dripping with inspiration and import.  I was writing for others and not as an expression of myself.  So one day, I said enough.  I deactivated my blog, stopped writing articles  and marketing materials and everything else that was causing me nothing but angst.

After breathing a hearty sigh of relief.  The universe responded to the opening I had created for myself, and I was invited to join a newly forming writer’s group.   Since then I’ve had tremendous fun exploring different forms of writing, from essays, and poetry to short stories and the beginnings of a novel.  It has all been fun, natural and rewarding.

And one of the huge benefits has been the rare privilege of sharing this journey with other lovers of the written word, some of whom are neophytes like myself, and others who are earning a living by writing and are in the throes of publishing their first work.

I will be sharing a mixed bag of writing as I am inspired to do so.  I hope you enjoy, what you read and I would love to hear your comments.  Just please bear in mind that sharing writing is like pulling your pants down in public, and you tend to feel somewhat vulnerable!



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Laziness & Grammar

I’m suffering from incipient laziness today.  It strikes me that I don’t really know the definition of incipient, but it seems right somehow.

That is what my command of the English language is about.  It relies more on instinct and usage than it does on theory or understanding, although I do know my grammar better than most modern students.  In fact I also know my spelling better, with the exception of a few recalcitrant words that refuse to spell themselves correctly.

My daughter for example is a student of the modern age that in spite of having a Masters degree to her credit has totally managed to slip through school with only a rudimentary knowledge of spelling and grammar.   She is the product of the ‘ whole word’ method of teaching reading and unfortunately unable to spell her way out of a wet paper bag..  Having never learned the building blocks of phonics, students in her years were urged to guess at words when reading and when writing were encouraged to use ‘invented’ spelling with the belief that it would lead to greater writing fluency and somehow would magically absorb the ability to spell along the way.

What a crock.

We now have an entire generation of semi-literate adults, who daily demonstrate their inability to spell, speak and write with any level of command.  It is particularly noticeable in writers, journalists and editors, whom you would assume would be skilled because of their profession.  But alas, it is not so.  Confusion between when to use their and there, you’re and your, and a multitude of other grammatical errors grace our newspapers, magazines and advertisements.

It is a sad end to literacy.  We may be facing fewer and fewer printed publications, and more digital ones, but communication is communication, and without agreed upon standards and practices for written communication, we risk greater miscommunication and misunderstandings when we can least afford them.

Clarity, brevity, precision and eloquence still have value.  I hope that they don’t become objects of admiration for a limited and eccentric group of aficionados.

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