Friday, April 13, 2012

Confessions from a Literature Graduate...


I've been thinking more and more about how I would love to be a better writer. I do not consider myself a good writer. I'm very self-conscious of my writing. I have been blogging for approximately 2 1/2 years and I think I've improved dramatically from my first few reviews. This year I really wanted to try a bit harder, and be more expressive when I write my reviews. This seems to be going well, so far.

One thing I really want to work on is my grammar and punctuation skills. I blame the fact that I studied french immersion in high school on my lack of these skills. I easily get mixed up, and I really have to think when writing. Often, french and english have slightly different spelling. For example: grammar and grammer, or Canadian and Canadien. My new goal is to work on this. As I mentioned, this is something that I'm really self-conscious about and I want to improve.

Yesterday, I discovered Grammer Girl Podcasts! I also downloaded the ebook for 1.99$



One more confession, my brain refuses to do math. If you put numbers in front of me, I won't even try. I'll pull out my calculator...

14 comments:

  1. I know how you feel. When I started my blog, I didn't tell my real life friends about it for a while because I was so self conscious about it. I need that punctuation book. I tend to get carried away with commas.

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  2. I picked up a book similar to this one. I know my punctuation is terrible and I need to re-learn the rules! It is scary to see how much I have forgotten.

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  3. I can't do math either! I'm pretty good at grammar although it looks like no one, not even newspapers, pay much attention anymore!

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  4. Oh man. I need that book too! Grammar and punctuation just never really clicked with me beyond the basics. I have no idea when to use a semicolon. None at all. I'm sure my reviews are riddled with errors! Also, math and I are not friends either. *pets calculator*

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  5. I think you write beautiful and engaging reviews, but I can understand the drive to want to better your writing, because I often feel that way myself. This book seems like such a deal, and I hope that it helps!

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  6. I write a lot for my job and of course, for my blog as well and I think that practice definitely helps towards perfection :)

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  7. Not a math fan... I always say I am a word girl... not a number girl.

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  8. A friend recently sent me an email about comma uses and the variation. I'll send her the link to grammar girl. Thanks!

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  9. Hi Jennifer,

    I also tend to litter my posts with commas, when many of them may well be unnecessary. I was always taught that you should use a comma, wherever you would take a natural breath in a sentence. Perhaps I am getting very short of breath in my old age!

    Have a great weekend,

    Yvonne

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  10. I always look forward to reading your reviews, I think you do a great job of describing your thoughts on books.

    I have never been good at math either. The kids always get sent to their Dad with questions about math homework!

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  11. I totally understand about getting mixed up because of knowing two languages. I grew up trilingual and have the same problem. When I first wrote my book, I didn't want anyone to see the manuscript. But my sister got a hold of it, and the rest is history...

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  12. I used to be on top of my grammar and punctuation. But as the years have passed and school had faded to the background, I know I've forgotten a lot of stuff. But I'm pretty sure I don't have too many glaring mistakes.

    Kudos to you for wanting to work on that and improve your skills. I might have to grab that book as well.

    PS: I'm the same way with math. Numbers?...no thank you.

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  13. I hear ya on the math thing... I sort of feel like for the ost part there isn't a reason for us to have to know math anymore, LOL. As for the writing I know what you mean. Isn't it fun to see how much you've grown from the beginning with your blog? I think we all have that experience. I started where I couldn't think of a thing to say. Now I feel like I'm way too wordy sometimes. Studying those two languages like that would be confusing for me too!

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  14. Too much is made of grammar and punctuation. I'm not advocating literary anarchy but grammatical rigidity is akin to social stagnation. Language is malleable, shifting and ever-changing. Grammarians need to respect that. Stephen Fry puts it best here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7E-aoXLZGY

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