The holidays are over, and life is back to normal. Well, the familiar I know of, in my circle.
Have you even noticed that often, on these occasions being a writer tends to come with a bit of stress or is it just me?
I catch myself thinking that I must be above grammar reproach, or at least close as possible.
As the writer in the group, I’m the one who should speak correctly and heaven forbids, if I scribble a note with misspelled words. No, I shouldn’t let my grammar falter. If I do, I’m sure heads will turn, and eyebrows will rise. I can just see the questions on their faces. “Are you really a writer?”
This brings to mind one funny situation with my six-year-old grandson. We were going through the customary episode of me asking him what he wanted for breakfast. After several unwelcomed suggestions, I showed him a box and said, “Blake, would you like a bowl of Honey Cones?”
He looked at me with wide eyes and replied, “Nana that says, Honey Comb, his little voice emphasizing the word comb. Then he adds, "you know that."
Well, yes, I knew the correct name, but for some reason, I always referred to this cereal as Honey Cones. Humbly, I placed the bowl of instant breakfast in front of him and said, “yes Blake. You're right it says Honey Comb."
This is the same little guy who is always eager to support me. We can be somewhere and the subject of writing; reading or novels will come about, and he announces, “Nana writes books.” Blake has even broadcasted, “You should get Nana’s book.”
I love writing; it’s embedded in my soul, but at times being an author is straining. My comments on Face Book, blogs and other Social Media need to be grammatically correct, spelling flawless, emails perfection. I don’t mind admitting that sometime I stress over the littlest replies hoping they’re author worthy.
Nevertheless, I wouldn’t give up writing for anything. At times, life gets so busy- I have to squeeze out an hour here and there to work on my latest project. Authors are no different from the rest of the world. We have busy lives, family, and demanding schedules. The only difference is writers feel they must scribe, if not everyday at least a few times a week. We have a built in notebook open in our minds, waiting for us to jot down a scene or a funny situation we encountered and hope to recreate one day.
So, as I struggle and try to be the best speaker and speller possible, I’m made aware of the importance of others who write. Thank goodness for critique partners and editors.
It’s important to find writing circles and meet other authors, hopefully gaining a few cyber friends in the process. Together, along with our editors, we can help each other and be that little highlighter on one another’s shoulder willing to help make better stories. For the most part, I’ve found authors are happy to reach out to a fellow writer and lend a hand or a red pen, as one such friend of mine, is often telling me.
Am I the only author who often feels the pressure to be miss grammar perfection?
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