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How to Write Well: A Writer (and Reader’s) Grammar Pet Peeves

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

I have always thought that writing killer fiction takes two things.

  • You need an intriguing story and good characters.
  • You need to be able to tell that story in a intriguing and understandable way.

I don’t write much about grammar here, but grammar is important because it’s a major, major factor in the second bullet point above. There are others as well, of course: pacing, transitions, readability. But grammar has a huge impact on how effectively you tell your story. I have seen SO many reviews of self-published authors who don’t have good grammar and didn’t use an editor, reviews that say things like, “The story was good but I couldn’t really get into it because the grammar mistakes distracted me.” Or, even worse: “I couldn’t even finish it the grammar was so bad.”

Here are the grammar mistakes I particularly freak out about when I find them in my…

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