I’ve had plenty of experience working with kids, so I’m familiar with run-on sentences, poor spelling, bad grammar, an absence of punctuation. And from kids that’s okay. They’re learning.
I have also received emails from people that start:
heya yous think U wud…
You better be 15 fucking years old if you want to use that lingo and expect me to wade through line upon line without punctuation to guide me or even breaking paragraphs as I try to figure out what you’re saying.
The thing is, I’ve had a few emails like this over the past year, from authors. Not crime fiction authors, I’m pleased to say, but when I see stuff like this I go mental. I will read it from teenagers. I will actually read it from anyone... except people who claim to be professional writers. Then it isn't that they don't know any better. It's just that they're being lazy.
I’m not really a ‘rules’ girl. Not sure if everyone’s gotten that. In case you’re new here or have been sleepwalking for the past few months, I think it’s necessary to point that out. I don’t cling rigidly to rules just for the sake of rules.
But when it comes to some things - spelling, grammar, punctuation – I believe the author has the responsibility to try to be correct. Oh, I know typos happen. They happen to me too. And some rules are unclear, or there are different UK and US rules, which always confuses me because we seem to operate with half of each system here.
Nevertheless, it is my job. if I were to post one massive runon sentence and just expect you guys to follow along figure out what Im saying with not using any punctuation or worreein about how any werds are spelt id expect Us guys to skip rite on 2 the next blog and not likely come back and probly not by my book either.
My house, my rules.
Now, when it comes to the writing rules, POV shifts and such, I’m more flexible. Good authors can break rules, because they know when and how to do it. Good authors do it in such a way that you don’t even notice.
That said, I’m aware everyone has their thing they can’t stand. I’m aware I can’t please everyone. I’m also aware that I’m still learning.
Do you guys have any pet peeves that will keep you from ever reading an author again?
Now, in the randomness that is cyberspace, I bring you:
Christmas presents from Cornelia, in case you haven’t already seen them. I really want The Ex. And the Ninja Ducks.
Hawt android? Bill, what’s the verdict?
File this under another dumb reason to have a beard.
I think I’m glad that when Kevin and I were in Japan we had twin beds. Honestly, though, I think I could take them.