Last week we ended on the “be real” not using fancy words. Because it’s easier for the reader to relate to realism.
3. Don’t Worry About Grammar
Writing the way you talk is the best way to write. Therefore, your writing won’t always be grammatically correct. Which is okay. When writing a first draft grammar is not something you should be worried about. In truth, grammatical rules aren’t rules at all. They are merely suggestions. That’s why there are so many books on grammar because of all the variables.
The only reasons grammar even matters in writing is:
- It makes communication easier
- Readers expect good grammar which is the entire point of number one.
A true author writes to connect with the reader. And the reality is people respond to each other–not grammatical rules. If you write like you speak people will connect with your work.
It may mean starting a sentence with a conjunction. Or maybe that means using sentence fragments. Perhaps it means using colloquialisms…Who knows? Each of us has their own unique way of speaking. Embrace your writing uniqueness. Breaking the rules is okay.
Certainly you want a professional looking book. You can fix all the grammatical errors further down the line. Once you’ve finished writing, turn that manuscript over to a good proofreader, editor or copyeditor. And even with them, don’t allow their suggestions to encroach on your narrative voice or disconnect from the reader.
4. Instead of Writing It Down Talk It Out
The reason an Author’s voice is called a “voice” is It directly relates to how a person communicates through speaking.
It is very difficult to type as fast as one speaks. This makes it harder honing in on your own voice. As I’d written in a previous post. “Some days I cannot write fast enough to keep up with my thoughts. Then other days my thoughts are running to catch up with me.” When you’re typing and this happens, it interrupts your creative flow making the entire writing process feel awkward and stifled. If this is where you are stop trying to write it. Instead talk it out.
Ever heard of Dragon Naturally Speaking? Which is only one of many speech recognitions software on the market. Or you can set up speech recognition on your Windows computer. It’s not etched in stone that you have to write your book when you can just as easily speak it. You’ll have that draft before you know it.
If dictating content is not your cup of tea try talking to a friend. When talking to a friend you are not concerned about how smart you sound or going on a treasure hunt for your voice. When you speak your voice is natural. Discuss your subject matter and use that as an outline for your rough draft.
Do not make writing a book more complex than it needs to be. And when you come to that scratch in the head—let your writing voice take charge.
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