PSA to Writers and Anyone W/ a Story to Tell #writingcommunity

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You are allowed to write whatever you want however you want.

Whether it be riddled with grammatical errors or not as long as you are not simply writing hate speech.  Tell the story that you are meant to tell.

I actually got in an argument this morning about writing with a woman that claimed if you do not know all the rules of grammar and writing you should not be a writer.

I was upset with this mindset because it is the same small-minded perfectionist view of things that scare so many away from telling their story.

Knowing techniques, growing your skill and learning proper grammar usage is important.  However, it does not trump storytelling.

Do not get so caught up in the idea that everything has to be perfect.  We can get so lost by the idea of perfect that we die having never shared our story.

Grammar is made to enhance writing and storytelling, not to destroy it.

Stop running around with your grammar hammer and smashing people over the head with it.

We all want to get better at writing, but my God someone is not stupid or a bad writer because they used your instead of you’re in a tweet or FB post.

This has happened to me so many times, and it happened in a writing group on FB where one person believed that if you made these mistakes you should not be allowed to write.

We all make mistakes no one is perfect and it is a social media platform, not a published medical journal.

Please Get over yourselves and keep writing ur own work.  Then tell me when that shit comes out because I would like to leave a review.

Keep writing, you are not stupid.  Your story has a purpose, tell it to the best of your ability.


Published by Matthew Whiteside

I am a writer, a storyteller, a yarn-spinning freakazoid. My life is full of two things today, lessons and blessings. I write fiction mostly but I also love to write about my life and the things I go through on a daily basis. Writing it out inspires and motivates me and that's why I do it. Plus if it does that for me maybe it will for someone else too.

19 thoughts on “PSA to Writers and Anyone W/ a Story to Tell #writingcommunity

  1. We all make mistake. No one is perfect. So we have no right to judge anyone whatsoever.

    We learn everyday. We learn as we make mistakes. I hope there would be lesser people who are so quick to judge after reading this post. 😊

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    1. Me too but more so I hope for anyone out there afraid to start writing because they dont believe they are good enough or smart enough that they will see they can start wherever they are and have the courage to begin telling their story

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  2. An irreverent side note: I have heard it from the lips of actual editors that I respect and otherwise trust that (and I know it’s unbelievable, but hear me out) that they LIKE to edit! (I know, right?) The point being that editors exist.

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  3. This is so true Matt. I tend to be picky about grammar on my stuff, as you know (lol). But other’s work I always try to uplift and only give positive encouragement along with the, generally private, note for improvement worded nicely. I am not a grammer Nazi, I am a grammar fairy. Lol.

    Everyone out there has a story to tell. There is not a single person on God’s green earth from whom I cannot learn something. Nobody should be afraid to express their own feelings in written word and certainly should not be told they have no right to do so.

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