Do you keep getting busted by the grammar police?
I know how annoying it can be when you’re trying to write something as a non-professional writer, and your work always comes back from your writer friend or editor with significant edits.
In this video, Russell Brunson and Dean Graziosi talk about their experiences writing books. Graziosi recalls how he paid a lump sum to a ghostwriter, who write him a book Graziosi never released because he hated it.
Brunson mentions how he received a manuscript back from an editor with so many edits he couldn't even hear his voice. He said he would rather sound like himself than be gramatically correct.
Here's the problem: we were taught grammar in a way that makes it nearly impossible to find our writer’s voice AND be grammatical at once.
Most of the time, we’re taught grammar — by teachers or books — from a negative perspective. We’re told what not to do and what to avoid.
Very rarely are we told what to do.
Listing common mistakes is fine, but no one learns by being told what not to do. It’s counterproductive and ineffective. To write well, you need to know what’s available to you and how to use it.
Friends, grammar is not intimidating. It’s a mere set of combinations of different elements. Some combinations are correct. Some are incorrect. Some are appropriate and some inappropriate.
It all depends on the context.
As a literate person, you already know at least 75-90% of the grammar. You may simply not know how to leverage the combinations to make your writing correct and powerful. Which is why people edit the heck out of it.
But, as much as an editor can help you make your writing better, an editor can’t help you create your voice. And the more they edit your work, the less authentic your writing becomes.
The best way to write powerfully is by trying to starve your editor. Ha!
Writing grammatically is not hard if you approach grammar from a positive perspective. You are putting correct combinations of elements in a way that makes your message powerful.
The rest is nothing. Sure, you’ll make a few mistakes here and there — as I do — but your writing will be overall correct and authentic. You'll be clear, concise, compelling, and authentic — as any writer should be.
Your writer's voice is simply which combinations of elements you are using, how you are using them, why, and when. Language is a finite, interrelated system. A finite number of words and grammatical rules allow for an infinity of sentences.
Grammar is not something you should be restricted by. It’s something you should be empowered by. Look at grammar as something you can use for your own purposes. Dissect a text's component and inspect other people's writing to learn from them.
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