Dealing With Grammar Nazis
When it comes to the rules for writing I don’t know everything. I didn’t go to school to major in English. I never took any courses specifically relating to writing. I’m not perfect nor do I pretend to be.
Everything I know has taken me my lifetime to learn. I’m always trying to continue to hone my craft; whether it be sentence structure or marketing strategies as an Indie author.
Writing, and doing it correctly, is an art. It’s (technically) not as easy as people think. Which is why a lot of people who want to write a book don’t ever try to pursue doing so.
With that said, there is a group of critics out there that like to, not necessarily bash writers, but nick pick their work. We all know the people I’m talking about.
Yes! I am referring to the grammar nazis! That’s a lower case “N” on purpose, by the way.
So, who are these people, why are they so picky, and how do you deal with them?
Well, before I answer that, let me just say that if I was to ever receive any harsh comments and/or reviews then this will be that moment! I realize there are some reading this who are going to shred this post to pieces, but that’s ok!
Because, for rest of you, if you read the comments those people post then you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about here. Thereby adding free examples without me dishing out a dime!
This is strictly me thinking off the top of my head. Everybody is entitled to an opinion, and this is mine.
Anyhoo. Where was I? Oh, yeah…
Grammar nazis are a wide assortment of people. Some are teachers/professors, some are writers, others are readers, but some are the “holier-than-thous.” But don’t let the terminology fool you.
Most of them aren’t bad people. Of course there’s the authors and editors, but many of them are just regular folks like you and me.
Which leads me to the “why.”
Grammar nazi’s are, in a nutshell, OCD. I’m sure you have something your OCD about, right? Well, these guys just happen to be picky about grammar and its usage.
Nobody wants to read something filled with bad grammar. And they also don’t want to see the incorrect use of punctuation that may cause confusion of what the piece is conveying.
Writing rules are in place for that. Every writer knows this and has (at least) a good handle on things. Some more than others. I fall into the “others” category.
To deal with grammar nazis is like putting up with that annoying relative no one likes. They’re not going away. You just have to live with the fact.
Don’t let the critics tear you down. You didn’t make it this far in life listening to other people’s opinions of you, did you. No! And your writing should be no different.
But there is something you can do to help ward of the hissing critics; whoever they may be. And that’s simply taking the time to better yourself.
I make a crap load of mistakes. This post you’re reading now is probably filled with them! And I am sure those mistakes will be pointed out to me. But I am still publishing this.
I don’t let the fear of a few obstacles in the road keep me from going down it. I do the best I can, go back and try to make it better, put it in the hands of others to read, and move on.
Re-read the positive comments and share them. This is a good way to reinforce your ego. Or, you could just ignore those negative comments altogether; which I know is hard to do.
Be kind. Lots of people who comment are just trolls. These people have nothing better to do in life than to try to make life miserable for others. This is, I’m only speculating, because they have no life of their own and they’re probably envious of you deep down.
So instead of getting mad at them, pity them. But what ever you do, don’t throw back anything negative. That’s what they want. It’ll just get you worked up and make you look bad in the long run.
The moral of the story is this:
There will always be opposition in all areas of life. If you are trying to get your feet wet as a writer, or thinking bout it, then put your ideas on paper.
Ignore what bad may come at you down the road. You can’t change it, and it’s a pointless reason to worry. So start writing! Do it NOW!
And remember: There’s always time to improve and make things better.