July 8, 2011

Friday Feature: My Favorite Thing I Read this Week and Why

Or, Things Not toDo to Make Things Worth Doing

Not a well-structured sentence, I know. This title illustrates today's post topic, however. We look forward to Fridays: end of the week, weekend activities in sight, and discussing the favorite thing we read. For more reading fun on Fridays, pop over to FridayReads on FB (#fridayreads on Twitter).

Thank you Ultimate Blog Challenge for bringing some new blogs into my reading universe. Grammar nerd that I am, I particularly enjoyed two posts from Putting Words to Paper this week: You Can't Just Use Spell Check and My Biggest Writing Pet-Peeves. In both posts, Tiffany Jansen bullet points the need for proper punctuation and correct spelling. Two very important elements of writing. Writing is an art. We don't want to muck it up with less than stellar paint brushes.

This week I also stumbled across this quote:

Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don't start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
De-accession euphemisms.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.
~William Safire, "Great Rules of Writing"
Well said. There's a lot to learn from Safire's points and humorous presentation.
How much do spelling mistakes, poor grammar, and punctuation errors turn you off from an otherwise great read?

5 comments:

Katyroo said...

Oh, I will stop reading something (online or print) in a heartbeat if it has grammatical errors (learn where & when to use apostrophes, bloggers! Tia does this right) or spelling gaffes.

For goodness sakes, if a writer (or purported writer) can't be bothered to give their blog post or magazine article a quick run through the grammar & spellchecker before their own re-read of the piece prior to posting/publication, why should I rely on what they say? What if their facts are also just a little bit off?

Pet peeve = typos in printed books! (Oh, gosh, I hope I don't pull a blooper in my writing any time soon...)

**Katy M
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Kate @ Teaching What Is Good said...

I LOVE William Safire!! Fun post, Tia. I confess that I am NOT very good at grammar. I depend on my husband and daughters for that! ;)

Tia Bach said...

My favorite K ladies!

My mom and I found 10 errors in our book after it was printed and we ordered a reprint. Missed by several editors. Made us crazy. Paid extra to fix so we could sleep at night. ;-)

Have a lovely weekend. Your support means the world to me!

Lisa Carter said...

It is so, so true: errors found in printed books make you doubt the ability of the author or the truth of what they write. But sometimes those errors are inserted by the editors or typesetters -- accidentally. Still, it does leave a bad impression.

I find it happens a lot with Kobo e-books. I think it has something to do with the conversion process (though I'm still stunned as to how that could be the case with technology today).

Oh, and I had to read and reread Safire's points several times just because they're so witty! Thanks for sharing them. ;-)

Tia Bach said...

Lisa,

Thanks for stopping by. I've read critically acclaimed books with errors, so it is nice to know we are all human.

I can look past a few errors and even odd stylistic choices. But I can't stand inconsistency.

I read a book recently where a character was Mollie for one whole chapter before becoming Molly for the rest of the book. Crazy and confusing.