Long time...

Posted by Sherry Roit on Saturday, June 18, 2011



 Oh my. It's been a while since I posted a blog. I'm not so good at them, any more. A reason I no longer have livejournal. I need to store up new things to say, before blogging them. Some will say that authors (or indeed anyone with a need for promotion, perhaps) should get themselves out there all the time, in every way, especially blogs. But what if you have nothing to say? Does it do me any favors to repeat myself, and/or write about inane crap that no one really wants to read?

I think not. So I save us both the irritation. I realize this may be inane crap according to some, but you can skip it. I am not forcing you to read it. I am, however, not going to shove twenty things a day in your face that become difficult to ignore, and make you wish I would die, already.

Speaking of things that run the "your mileage may vary" line, I recently read in another writer's blog the comment since most writers write with grammar and spell check off, and it gave me pause. Really? I thought. Most? Who are these most, and why do they do this?

Likely because it distracts them in some way, I realize. But you see, I never turn mine off in WORD. I find it very useful. True, WORD spelling and grammar check is not infallible. One cannot rely on it alone; one cannot merely accept all suggestions. But I find it makes me stop and think, sometimes. Makes me rethink the way I've worded a sentence. I find this to be a positive thing. It will also correct my typos as I go, making less work later. Sometimes, the suggestions give me a giggle. And yes, sometimes it is aggravating. Listen you damned program, I MEANT TO DO THAT. YES I MEAN THAT WORD.

Hey, it makes it more of a sport.

  I reckon it comes down to taste, patience level, and whether you prefer to plow straight through and edit everything later. Myelf...it's likely I've already felt that the wording was off and the program gives me the second opinion I need before I can carry on. Because I simply can't carry on when it feels quite off.


How about you? Do you love, loath, or feel ambiguous about having the grammar function on while you are writing? 


(Note to whomever it concerns: Please stop speaking for (insert group)). Unless you know all of them, you can't say most, right? Right. Besides, you are probably parroting someone else, anyway. I know you meant no harm, but it's a peeve of mine and one that I think more people should point out. Kind of like they say. Whoever THEY is, right?) 


Tags: writing  a matter of preference 
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Long time...

Posted by Sherry Roit on Saturday, June 18, 2011



 Oh my. It's been a while since I posted a blog. I'm not so good at them, any more. A reason I no longer have livejournal. I need to store up new things to say, before blogging them. Some will say that authors (or indeed anyone with a need for promotion, perhaps) should get themselves out there all the time, in every way, especially blogs. But what if you have nothing to say? Does it do me any favors to repeat myself, and/or write about inane crap that no one really wants to read?

I think not. So I save us both the irritation. I realize this may be inane crap according to some, but you can skip it. I am not forcing you to read it. I am, however, not going to shove twenty things a day in your face that become difficult to ignore, and make you wish I would die, already.

Speaking of things that run the "your mileage may vary" line, I recently read in another writer's blog the comment since most writers write with grammar and spell check off, and it gave me pause. Really? I thought. Most? Who are these most, and why do they do this?

Likely because it distracts them in some way, I realize. But you see, I never turn mine off in WORD. I find it very useful. True, WORD spelling and grammar check is not infallible. One cannot rely on it alone; one cannot merely accept all suggestions. But I find it makes me stop and think, sometimes. Makes me rethink the way I've worded a sentence. I find this to be a positive thing. It will also correct my typos as I go, making less work later. Sometimes, the suggestions give me a giggle. And yes, sometimes it is aggravating. Listen you damned program, I MEANT TO DO THAT. YES I MEAN THAT WORD.

Hey, it makes it more of a sport.

  I reckon it comes down to taste, patience level, and whether you prefer to plow straight through and edit everything later. Myelf...it's likely I've already felt that the wording was off and the program gives me the second opinion I need before I can carry on. Because I simply can't carry on when it feels quite off.


How about you? Do you love, loath, or feel ambiguous about having the grammar function on while you are writing? 


(Note to whomever it concerns: Please stop speaking for (insert group)). Unless you know all of them, you can't say most, right? Right. Besides, you are probably parroting someone else, anyway. I know you meant no harm, but it's a peeve of mine and one that I think more people should point out. Kind of like they say. Whoever THEY is, right?) 


Tags: writing  a matter of preference 
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