Writing a book?

Any issues with using correct English for books of today – YES or NO? 🙂

Have We Had Help?

Liz-S-Writing-Workshop-101 Over the past couple of months on several Internet sites for writers, I’ve read many questions and queries plus suggestions and comments regarding the use of correct grammar and speech.

The academically minded among us, plus the vast majority of editors still cling desperately to the fervent belief that a book sans correct grammar will inevitably never make it. While that may be true for books of a historical, biographical or academic nature  – for example, text books, when it comes to fiction the real key is whether or not the writer can actually tell a story, not if he or she adheres to the accepted rules of English.

When your characters speak, by insisting that they speak correctly you will do yourself no favours. In fact these days it almost guarantees that your book will be lucky to sell more than a dozen copies. In essence, the story and…

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3 thoughts on “Writing a book?

  1. I like the text to be correct English, but it doesn’t have to be old-fashioned with it. Plain English, not academic writing! Dialogue should always be appropriate. I have arguments with my editor over this 🙂

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