Sorry folks, but using proper grammar per Standard Written English really is important. Of course, mistakes can slip by, especially when you try to edit your own writing, but constant and varied grammatical errors can turn off readers faster than obviously inflated claims of future Internet wealth.
Here are some reasons to learn to use grammar properly and improve your writing quality:
* Intelligent readers (those who can sense or know the rules of proper writing) may judge your intelligence or education level by your grammar and usage.
* Bad grammar may be the excuse readers need to dismiss your ideas or you altogether, never to return. They will never have a chance to really get to know you or to understand your point of view or ideas because they fled so quickly.
* With better grammar skills, you have more options when expressing your ideas; thus, you can become a more effective communicator. Communication if usually the primary purpose of any writing, though you might also want to entertain or persuade the reader as well.
* Writing actually becomes easier – though your drafting time may take longer – because you have so many more choices to sift through and try out. Although people who are not writers do not understand this behavior, a writer staring out the window can actually be working, sorting through all the possible ways of expressing an idea in the mind first, rather than writing them all down, only to discard most of them as ineffective.
* Your proposals and manuscripts are more likely to be accepted by publishers if they are well written. “Well written,” in my terms, means that the ideas are organized and developed well, expressed in a simple yet sophisticated style that is also grammatically correct. Again, bad grammar is the first red flag for a reader or editor at a publishing house; the flag goes up, and the manuscript is returned to the writer
* If your writing is more likely to be accepted, then your writing is more likely to earn you money, recognition, and other perks of the publishing or Internet worlds.
* You can feel superior to all those poor or mediocre writers making grammar errors that you have outgrown. Or you can help them become better writers by coaching them. It is all in the attitude.
So there are a few reasons to hone your grammar skills. Find a good grammar handbook, one with exercises and a tone you enjoy reading. Hundreds are on the market. Study those issues you seem to have problems with, or study them all.
Read like a writer. Study writing that you admire to see how the writer expressed an idea, and then emulate that method in your own writing. The key to becoming a better writer is to write. Write all the time, write in a variety of genres or topics, write from your passions, and write, write, write.