Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I like writing. It helps me get stuff out of my head. Sometimes I think I write good stuff, sometimes not so much. I did not start writing until I retired several years ago. I had the time, I needed to do something.
I liked writing when I was in school, but I never wrote very much. The teachers never encouraged me. All I ever heard from my teachers was “your spelling is horrid, and your grammar is worse.”
I only argued with a teacher once. I was told that a paragraph MUST have at least three sentences. I wrote a paragraph with ONE sentence. It cost me a 5 point penalty in an assignment.
I argued that Ernest Hemmingway’s books often had paragraphs which had less than three sentences and if one of our greatest authors could write a paragraph with one sentence then I could write a paragraph with one sentence and I even showed her an example of a Hemmingway book which had a paragraph with only one sentence.
“So you think you can write as well as Ernest Hemmingway?”
“So who should I try and emulate, Ferdinand D. Nobody?”
The teacher took off another 5 points.
Microsoft word has helped with my spelling, and I am old enough to say, “Frig grammar!” So I am now attempting to write stuff. Not so grate (ok, so word is not perfect) maybe, but I enjoy doing it.
To all you English teachers out there I suggest that you continue to stress only spelling, grammar and sentence structure. Discourage those that cannot spell or whose grammar is deficient. Those things are very, very important.
Pay no attention to ideas or content.
Anyone can think.