There is no known cure for this disease. In fact I’ve been told that neither fame nor fortune can cure us of said affliction. Naturally, one day I hope to find this out first hand. I mean you simply can’t believe what you read these days, now can you?
My writing began with an idea I had two years ago, which spurned into an, as yet, unpublished novel. After writing over 90,000 words, it became very evident that I had no clue what I was doing. So, I began tons of research and investigation into the wonderful world of writing. Now on my fourth draft of my manuscript, I realize my grammar is still as pathetic as it ever was (please do not hold this against the many grammar books I’ve been reading and will often recommend). It’s not their fault that some old dogs take longer to learn a new trick.
For me, grammar is like cooking, if I learn how to do it right I will be expected to do it all the time. But I digress, the point I’m trying to get to is that it doesn’t matter if your grammar is bad or your punctuation is atrocious the point is simply that you WRITE. You do it for love, for passion, for therapy, you WRITE. When you’re done that, you write some more. And when you’re ready to take it to the next level you join a writers forum, a critique forum, and you LEARN. You listen, you grow, and you LEARN. Then you Write. Then when you’re done that you purchase a pile of books on writing and grammar and you learn some more. Then you WRITE some more. Then you sign up for a bunch of blogs about writing and LEARN some more. Seeing a trend here?
The thing with being a writer is that you’re never really done learning how to be a better one. This is both the gift and the curse of being who and what we are, and I for one, wouldn’t want it any other way.
I’m loving the journey I’m on, and I hope you join me for the ride.