Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Spleling and uasge: Ur doin it rong
It's a question worth pondering. The focus of it, of course, is that when you are writing a story, writing a good story should be first and foremost. You shouldn't be obsessing over every little thing, freaking out over whether or not you're following the "rules" that be. It bears mentioning that this question doesn't 100% translate into poetry writing; the main focus is fiction. However, there are such things as narrative poetry, so it still kind of works.
It's sound advice to focus on the being a storyteller rather than a writer. When we obsess over the "rules," we are held back. So why should we be in a tizzy over spelling and usage?
Imagine that you are trying to paint a picture. You want to paint the grass green, but instead, you grab red. Is your picture going to accurately portray what you want it to portray? For yourself, you might think, "Meh, I know it's supposed to be grass, and you can still tell from the picture that it's the ground. I want to focus on the meaning of the painting, not the colors exactly."
You already see where I'm going with this. Of course it's going to be a problem if your grass is red, because people might miss the overall picture because they are so busy trying to decipher just why the grass is red. Was there a bloodbath? Is the grass on fire? Is it sunset? Is the painter just dumb?
Ouch. That last one hurts. Remember that some people are judgmental tools like that. If you want them to see your painting for what it is, you should probably make sure that the grass is green. Likewise, people will have problems appreciating your writing if you don't put some effort into making sure that your spelling and usage are in order.
Now, everybody knows what spelling is. (It's using magic, right? Oh...wrong kind of spell.) But what exactly is 'usage'? (Ooh, that's a rabbit, right? Oh, wait, this is an English word, not a Japanese one.) Dictionary.com offers this useful meaning: