Following Writing Rules

It’s tempting to let yourself get bogged down in the rules of writing. Thoughts that derail your creative flow such as, Does this need a comma or a semi-colon? And other such grammar and syntax related thoughts, aren’t all that important when you are writing.

*angry voice of critic* What?! Did she just say grammar isn’t important?!


Uh, yeah, I did.

In a very specific context, grammar is not important. Creative Writing.

Ok? Can you chill out now?


*angry voice of critic* GRAMMAR IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT!!!


Ok, well …

It’s not important when you initially sit down to write something that has been growing and/or festering (however you wish to see it) inside of you. The important thing when you sit down to write is to WRITE! Let it all out. The bad grammar, the incomplete sentences, the good, the bad, the ugly.


All of it needs to get the hell out, onto that page.

Especially when you feel like you’ve had a creative block and suddenly the urge to write pokes its head out and beckons you to approach.

Approach gently! Don’t scare it!

Freaking out about grammar is not helpful in this stage. I refer to this in my previous post when I quote Anne Lamott, “Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people.” 

Good grammar and perfectionism are not needed to be a good writer. So when it comes to following writing rules, I say, be a rebel.

Don’t let the fear of being perfect hold back the creativity that is inside of you.


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