The Nuances of Language: Editor’s Edition
By this point in our series of articles, you’d have been bombarded with the idea of keeping strict adherence to the rules. Fret not, for you are not alone. Let it instead be known that those rules are simply there to give you an overview of how not to confuse readers, especially the critics.
The specificity and complexity of the English language are daunting, even to its most avid connoisseur. By being bogged down by the seemingly uncountable number of rules, we limit ourselves and our ideas.
It is, therefore, the greatest of all mistakes that we don’t write just because we are scared of being wrong. A few punctuation errors, incorrect spelling here and there, and a couple of other grammatical mistakes will not be the cause of a loss of interest in your writing.
It is sterile writing that dissuades readers from reading something. A pristine manuscript, devoid of errors, is mostly sterile and static. It is not compelling. It is uninteresting. It is cold. It is dead before it even gets published.
Do not, I repeat, do not focus on the technicalities. Breathe life into inanimate words. Make your writing jarring, scalding, warm, shocking, and captivating. Get those rough edges and let them explode onto the reader’s face.
Even if you’re not writing fiction, don’t be dissuaded by the rules. Yes, writing is complex, and there are many things to consider and rules to follow. But it is forgiving and compromising. Break away from the stereotypes of grammar and syntax. Create a masterpiece.
Explore the intricacies.
Expand your horizons.
Sail away from the barrenness of the shore and into the vast ocean of ideas.
Nature provides a definite example of why chaos is sometimes beautiful—a tinge of madness against ordinary skies. Write chaos!
Set yourself free where you’ve been strict.
Indulge your readers with a worthwhile adventure.
Write cleanly and clearly, but don’t sacrifice a compelling story for a pristine appearance.
And always remember:
The rules of the English language are there to guide, not limit.