Grammatical correctness and creative flow

I was talking with a friend the other day, a writer, who was really struggling with her style. She started describing to me her normal routine of how she writes (most of us that write have a ritual of sorts). During the course of our conversation I noticed something she said in passing and I shouted, “Stop!” She looked at me as if I saw a dangerous robber breaking in, or some ravenous beast running through her home, as she stared at me with eyes wide open. I looked at her and said, “repeat what you just said to me verbatim.” In a slow very soft voice (obviously still confused) she said,”I was going back over my paragraph and spell checking…” Again, I said, “That`s it, stop right there. That is your problem.”

My friend had this nasty little habit of writing a sentence, or a paragraph, and then going back over her work “spell-checking” everything right then. I know some of you are thinking–so what? That is normal is it not? No! Not if you want your creative mind to flow. As writers, unless we are doing some kind of white paper or something, we should write and continue to write until the ideas stop flowing before we go back and do all the grammatical stuff. This is especially true if you are trying to write a novel, poetry, or some other creative work. Next time you sit down to write, just write–make corrections later so you don`t break your creative flow. God bless. WP

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S.W. Biddulph

Scott Biddulph is a published writer, author, and poet from North Georgia. He began writing as a youngster and followed his lifelong dream of reaching people through the written word when he returned to The University of North Georgia in 2013 to finish earning his BA/English with a concentration on publication and creative writing. His publications include the following: an eBook, Apples of Gold: A collection of inspirational short stories and poems (Smashwords, 2010) and a paperback, Voices from the Heart, (Createspace, 2012). His poetry is published in Papers and Publications Undergraduate Research Journal. Vol 3 (2014) and the award-winning Chestatee Review (Spring, 2015), among other places (Check his LinkedIn profile for a full list of his publications). He is currently working on publishing poetry, creative non-fiction, academic essays, and his memoir. ******** Scott has also worked as an intern editor for the University of North Georgia Press. As a freelance editor, he has done the layout and design of several books and magazines. He is currently working with several authors on various publication projects in which he is either ghostwriting, editing manuscripts, or doing the layout and design of their books. ******** Finally, and most importantly, he is a father, grandfather, husband, and dedicated Harley Davidson rider. He and his family enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains where they live—especially their screened in back porch where they love to bird watch. ******** ~ "I love realism. I love writing about the raw, down-to-Earth, heartfelt realities of life. I love to write in a way that reaches into the human soul—to take the greatest pains and struggles in life, and make them a blessing to others. Fantasy is a wonderful, interesting thing—but real-life situations, feelings, fears, and dreams are an unexplored ocean of stories that need to be told." ~ ~Scott Biddulph~

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