A reminder: This post courtesy of Julie Jarnagin’s 101 Blog Post Ideas for Writers.
47. Grammar and punctuation lessons
Posting grammar and punctuation lessons on the internet almost seems like like walking into a tiger cage while wearing a meat suit. Additionally, I am neither an English professor, nor do I have the time or the information necessary to devote to a real lesson. What I will say is that this is a subject on which the average person knows too little these days. I don’t think the problem is within the education system…it doesn’t really matter how well this sort of thing is taught because it’s, quite frankly, a boring subject that no kid is likely to be interested in. Personally, my theory is that the issue is in the fact that people don’t read nearly as much as they should. I understand that reading isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but many people can’t even be bothered to read a newspaper or a magazine article every now and then, and here’s the thing: you learn by experience. You can’t learn about grammar and punctuation – or spelling and sentence structure, or anything else for that matter – without seeing it in use. If you want to learn the rules, read them in action, see them in use. Pay attention and if you don’t understand something, Google is a wonderful thing.
One thing I can’t stress enough: if you’re planning on pursuing a future in writing, take the time to learn a little something about punctuation and grammar, along with spelling for good measure. Nothing will spell you out as a rank amateur faster than a blatant disregard for the rules of your own language.