Monday, March 5, 2012
I've talked before about how I've wanted to be a writer since pretty much ever. I remember sitting in my elementary school, and rolling my eyes as the teacher went over boring things like sentence subjects, conjunctions, and other grammar. I remember thinking, "I don't want to worry about all that crap, I just want to write!"
Many moons later, I still have this philosophy. It's a big reason why I stopped writing for so long, because I worried about conforming to one writing style. Could I ever remember all those pesky grammar or story telling rules? It seemed too much.
Before you roll your eyes, I do have a good grasp of grammar. I'm not as anal as my Catholic schooled mother, but I know the majority of the rules, and do try to remember them. When I'm writing my earlier drafts, I don't worry about all those little things, and fix them as I go along.
Thankfully I have a critique partner who is the opposite of me, and has a wonderful grasp of all the things that I HATE, so when I get my drafts back, there's a lot of crossed out text and notes of how I should remember to do this, not that. With her gentle prodding, I've been able to engrain those rules in me, so now I'm fixing them in my first draft.
Do you play fast and loose with grammar and style in your early drafts?