Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and dude who brought the myrrh, I can’t write worth shit.
First, do not ask me to spell anything. Ever. And why my Polish ass brain feels it is important to play Dyslexic Boggle before I can type my thought is anyone’s guess.
“I was thinging that maybe today is a bottle day for water polo.” Brain, what the fuck? What are you doing? STAHP!
On the topic of spelling errors, my husband sent me this screen shot from his email.
I completely feel you fam. I probably would have made the same mistake. Actually, there is no “probably” I would have definitely screwed up spelling Krypton.
When it comes to my strengths and weaknesses we need to give this one good physiological deep thought. How do you qualify a writing strength and what makes a weakness?
I do not have a degree in writing. I have zero idea if I am following any of the rules. What I do know is I like to be creative and entertain. I can’t tell you when putting a comma after “but,” came out of style and we started to comma’s before “,but” but, I’m pretty sure there was a time in elementary English when I had that down before the world changed the rules. Or I’ve been wrong all this time. Many possibilities if you know me.
In fact, having no credentials does bother me some what. Deep down, in the belly of “how they hell do I publish this book?” One of the things I like to do when I read something I like is look up the author and see what kind of credentials they have.
Sara Gruen – Degree in English Literature
Kate Morton – Degree in English Literature and Major in Victorian Literature
And those are just the last two authors I have read because I went on a hard core Kate Morton binge thanks to my pusher co-worker who knows my book preference. In line after Camp Nano next month is author John Le Carre.
He also studied English at Oxford.
Okay, there maybe a running theme here. I’m not qualified for this to be a career for sure but, (comma location?) can you really be unqualified for a writing hobby?
Is my spelling issue and Polish Dyslexic Boggle going to keep me from feeding myself or having a warm bed at night? No. Do I actually expect to make money writing in general? A little bit would be nice but overall, no.
This is why it is difficult to really define what are my strengths and weaknesses. It’s because I don’t know what they are. I know they exist. I know that if I ever really, truly, want to be like the authors I enjoy reading, I need to put in some serious effort to be on their playing field. I would need to dig deep into my work and analyze it not just for the story but for the structure, grammar, and yeah, spelling errors spell check missed.
What I enjoy is the creativity and the freedom to write what I feel like writing on a given day. Just, get the thoughts on paper. Those imperfect, little jumbled up words that are used incorrectly for the context you are writing.
Don’t be afraid to write. Strengths, weaknesses, level of street cred, or whatever.
Just write. Share with friends. Have a good laugh, a broken heart, or a massive lady boner if you’re in to that sort of story.
One thing before I sign out. If you could do me a favor and let me know when I have an error on my blog posts? I would really appreciate it. I promise, I won’t be mad and we can still be friends if you alert me I spelled “tittie” in one place and “titty” again in another. Mistakes like that are so embarrassing.
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