Mostly True Memoirs
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Leave No Doubt
I always tell my students this:
If your words create a huge argument about How To Say It, you need to find a simpler way to say it.
I see it all the time.
Groups on social media will erupt into a HUGE grammar debate.
Dozens and dozens of people will chime in with dozens and dozens of varied suggestions.
It’s an enormous, distracting rabbit hole.
Seriously, if writers can’t agree, how in the world will your readers be able to make sense of the thing?
It’s the responsibility of the writer to be understood.
It’s that simple.
If an argument erupts, the writer has missed the mark.
Instead of debating the grammar rules, just find a simpler way to say it.
Keep drilling down.
Simpler, simpler, simpler.
Keep at it until you have found the most straightforward way to express yourself.
Simple, by the way, doesn’t mean stupid.
I’m not suggesting that you dumb down your work.
I am, however, suggesting clarity.
Leave no doubt, or dangling modifiers, or run-on sentences, or improper noun-verb agreements in your writing.
If you’re not sure about a particular passage, post it to a social media group.
If an argument erupts, you know what to do.
Everyone has a story to tell.