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Grammar Rules – But They’re Not Absolute

By Jay Menard

Why is it that we encourage everyone to experiment and seek out new boundaries — unless of course they’re putting pen to paper.

And why is that many of us for whom the written word is a passion are the worst offenders at stifling creativity and, well, being a pain in the ass.

Few people will look at a painting and say, “Yeah, I like it, but that colour in the corner is just wrong.” But there are those who will dismiss an entire argument because there’s a sentence that ends in a preposition. There are others who love nothing more than pointing out other people’s grammatical flaws.

That’s not cool or funny. It’s just obnoxious and counter-productive. Continue reading

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The Writer’s Lament

By Jason Menard

Fishermen aren’t the only people who lament the one that got away. For those of us in writing/editing positions, the one that got away is not just a reality — it’s a daily fear with which we live every day.

The one that got away, for writers and editors, is the dreaded mistake. It’s the misspelled word, the misplaced letter, or — most recently in my case — the word that eluded the delete key in a sentence that underwent one-too-many revisions. Continue reading

Publication Takes a Pie to the Face Over Editor’s Alleged Rant

By Jason Menard

While the Internet has made it easier for people all around the world to share their thoughts with the world, it’s also proven the value of learning those basic journalistic that those of us who have written for traditional media learned long ago.

The latest example of the need for stricter attention to these journalistic ideals comes from, unfortunately, a so-called editor who combined a healthy disregard for copyright with an unhealthy level of hubris that has inflicted an immense amount of damage for her publication. Continue reading