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06 Aug

According to a recent survey, 200 million Americans believe he or she has a book/novel in them and want to write it. In 2011, more than three million of them did and they self-published that work.
If you are one of those Americans, you may want to read this series of posts about the importance of writing skills such as grammar, mechanics and spelling. Did you pay attention to your English teachers while you were attending public/private schools? Did you do the homework? Did you ask question? Did you read books almost every day and night?

Lloyd Lofthouse

Authors have one challenge most artists outside of writing do not have.

Most artists, such as painters, do not need to worry about developing skills in the logical, analytical, fact-based side of the brain. Instead these artists work almost exclusively out of the holistic, feelings based, emotional side of the brain where the imagination and creativity blossom.

Unfortunately, for authors, the craft of writing requires using both sides of the brain with an emphasis on the left side of the brain’s organized, analytical, fact-based logic where editing skills hide.

Writing the rough draft of a book length manuscript is the easy part of an author’s work and mostly this work takes place in the right side of the brain.

For editing and revisions, authors must switch gears to the left side of the brain where these skills work. If those skills have not been developed, the author—as an artist—is crippled.

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Posted by on August 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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  1. ShimonZ

    August 6, 2012 at 09:27

    This is a very interesting article, and I intend to read the following chapters. Because English is a foreign language for me, I am usually cautious about its use, but much of my knowledge of it comes from reading literature in this language. I wonder to what extent one is expected to follow the rules of grammar. I have always looked at them as a guide, more than strict laws in the sense that they must be observed.

     
    • Lloyd Lofthouse

      August 6, 2012 at 10:24

      I agree that the rules of grammar and mechanics in English should be looked at as a guide rather than strict laws. However, there are a few loud, squeaky wheels in the English speaking world that feel any deviation from those rules is blasphemy and will say so in harsh terms.

      I have read of examples of great English literature that breaks these rules often but to break the rules it is usually best to know them first. Note: I didn’t say memorize them but be aware of them. Then it is easier to check resources to see if you want to be pure or not depending on the music you want from your prose. Sometimes breaking the rules adds to the rhythm/music of the language.

      The rules as we know them (and they are changing and evolving all the time) were developed about four hundred years ago in England to make it easier to understand what one meant in his or her writing. They were not meant to hamstring up as some loud so-called experts claim—–to these few, the rules are the Holy Grail of English and must be obeyed.

       

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