Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Are You a Writer?

Acts 14:15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:

Are you a writer or a teller of stories? There is a difference you know.

A teller of stories is one that can evoke visual images just by verbally communicating words or writing them down before the thought gets away. But that’s just it, its a story written down.

Now a writer, that’s a whole other ball game. Anyone basically can tell a story, but a writer? Now he/she needs to tell a story, revise it twenty times, edit it, grammarize it, (as opposed to glamorize), and then the writer needs to sell it or put it in storage. A writer publishes whether it is in blog form or not, on the net or magazines, works for pennies, writes for months, possibly years and has not one dollar bill hanging on the wall declaring, “My first dollar made writing!”

If this is you, then you are a writer!

I notice a lot of new young writers think that writing is all about telling a story. Not SHOWING you a story visually. A writer evokes feelings in the reader that sometimes he never knew was there to begin with. The young writer also thinks that grammar and punctuation are for the editor’s desk and that they don’t really have to worry about things like that, they’re writers after all.

Allow me to tell you this, writing is not separate from grammar. It all fuses together to form a complete work and sending out a sloppy, grammatically challenged piece of work is like sending you to the electric chair, and the outcome isn’t going to be pretty. Ever see The Green Mile? Nope, not pretty at all.

A writer does his/her homework! Okay, I can understand my visually hindered blog friends, a screen reader can not tell you that their is not there. You are an exception to the rule. There is no excuse for the people who can see the error but don’t fix it or doesn’t educate themselves to see if they have it right to begin with.

Writers need to be educated before you post your work! If you are in the English speaking country, then by all means, learn the English language. If you are in a foreign country, learn your language, the correct grammar and how to submit a worthwhile piece of art. Don’t let a comma or misspelled word get you tossed in the trash. Do your homework and then click POST, or SUBMIT. It will truly make the difference between the word PUBLISHED and REJECTED.


Anonymous said...

Very good, post, Joni.Is this a general piece of advice for everybody,"so called writers",(as I think most F2K'S are) or are you trying to go beyond that,beyond ud?


Angel said...

Great Article! I love your blog! Thank you for visiting mine, because I found yours. I am now a member.
I am always looking for ways to learn more. As a former homeschooling mom Thanks!

Ana said...

Good post,good piece of advice,Joni. Will think it over.Especially, what has to do with the English Language..




Ro said...

I have to say that since I use a screen reader, I am all the more cautious about words that sound the same. As I'm writing, I pay extra attention when I'm saying something like, their writing is poor when they're tired. Just a silly example I came up with on the fly. While I'm sure I miss these on occasion, I do pay extra attention as I'm writing since I know Alex won't tell me when I'm editing.

Another thing that drives me crazy is punctuation. I get e-mails from people who use none at all, or since they are inserting a :), they think that suffices. So the message will be like this:

The other day we were walkin ghte park and we found some really cool dogs :) and then we walked to the store and almost got hit by a car haha but it all worked out ok because we weren't hit :) owner and dog

Ack! That drives me crazy when I read it, because Alex just goes, and there's no pauses. Or If people don't put periods right next to words. Like, we went out for a walk .and then a car almost hit us .I hate when that happens.

I'll here "dot" over and over, and the sentence doesn't flow. I know I don't always edit, but I always, always listen to what I've written. Whether in a comment, an e-mail or a blog post. If there are glaring errors, I fix them even when I didn't plan on editing.

Just my 2 cents. :)

joni said...

This is general as I do have a worldwide readership. I know of people in Finland, India, Spain, just to name a few. Hopefully this piece of information reaches the broader spectrum of the audience.

Welcome Angel,
I had a late night last night and really got no sleep due to a nasty cough. I searched out fellow bloggers and enjoyed yours! :-)
Thanks for visiting and I hope you find what you need to become, a better writer. *smile*

Visiting again? hahaha I don't ever see too many typo's on your blog and when I do, it is usually evident it was a hurried post. But those are far and few between! I see more in the comments (from us responders) than I do one of your post. And, I think you may be learning a thing or two from me. *wink* WOOHOO!
Jnoi oops..Joni! lol

Ro said...

I am absolutely learning to refine my writing once again. It's been oh, 11 or 12 years since I've done much writing? So, I had most definitely become rather rusty ;)

I read every post, as I'm subscribed to you; I just don't always comment.

*hugs* and keep up the great work!

June said...

Good advise for all writers, Joni!

And it's also great to see people leaving interesting comments.

Take care,

joni said...

Thanks June,
Sometimes I notice certain topics hit a nerve and readers are compelled to leave a note. Geez, when I can get Charity out to comment (to disagree) I know I'm touching readers everywhere. :-)

And if I'm writing something wrong, darn straight, disagree and point it out! I'm learning too! :-) Always will be.

Have a great day,