Grammar trolls

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The wonderful world of grammar can have its moments for the creative writer. Most readers, who may very well know the syntactic definitions of grammar, and the rules, may not always understand the creative side of writing. A famous writer once said, “You must first know the rules of grammar before you can break them.” Forgive me, I forget who to attribute this quote to, however, I think it was Stephen King. 

Academic writers will read a book, a blog post, or whatever, and see a sentence fragment and have a heart attack. They will throw the book down in protest, and quite possibly burn it (laughing). I remember early on in my writing career one man–who did hold an MA in English–called me “an affront to the liberal arts.” Man…that hurt. The truth is, actually, that it made me a better writer. Some grammar trolls are good trolls. 

When writers use one word sentences, or fragments–these are rhetorical devices to create tension, emotion, or to advance something in the prose toward a brilliant end (if they are good writers). To the “Prescriptive Grammarians” out there–cut us some slack. To the novice writer, learn the rules of grammar, but drop the academic styles and tones when you begin a creative work. 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. Scott continues working on his memoir Twisted Ride. He also maintains a Christian blog: A Disciple's Journey. Finally, and most importantly, he is a father, grandfather, husband, and dedicated Harley Davidson rider (with a huge beard). 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. I love 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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