In today’s media dominated world, blogs and instant messengers have dulled down the importance of proper spelling and grammar. Why is it that today’s internet writers are so sloppy? No offense, but this industry needs a major overhaul.
Blogs: Blurt and Submit
In this information age of cyberspace, blogs have made it easy for a writer to get his/her thoughts out there into the world to be seen. Internet sites that provide such places for writers to do so do not monitor the content for spelling, grammar, structure, or coherence of thought. In fact, most blogs are nothing but venues that encourage freedom from the laws of writing. Nearly every writer on a blog site uses it to blurt and submit. The only benefits are that the writer gets to see his/her work in a public domain instantaneously, and that most that carry on blogging do so to get into the habit of writing daily.
The cons outweigh the pros the way an elephant outweighs a fly. When a writer writes without linear thought, without a purpose, and without proofreading for mistakes, that writer cheats him/herself out of the ability to be considered for publication by real publishers. A magazine editor will not consider an article that has not been well researched. A book editor will not want to struggle past the first page of a query letter that has five spelling mistakes and three run on sentences. In short, if bloggers want to be taken seriously as writers, then they will have to start creating more dynamic prose that is linear in purpose and thought, and is clean of spelling errors and misused words.
Instant Messengers: Blurring the Lines of Proper Communication
If a writer spends any amount of time messaging, bad writing habits that are used in the messenger will carry over into the writing. Improper slang, lack of punctuation, and lax usage of the backspace key are just a few of the infectious habits. Wrong homonyms can disturb writing quality and confuse readers. No Capitalization makes a writer lazy and inefficient. Let’s face it, instant messaging is not a place for a responsible writer to be, unless that writer is there to practice writing complete sentences with proper punctuation and coherent thoughts.
Internet usage has made most writers indolent and nonchalant. The world of literature is no place for such material.
Good Writing Habits: Get Into Them
If you’re a writer and you want to be considered for publication somewhere, or to see your work in print, then take yourself seriously. Don’t blurt and submit; proofread and re-write your material. Develop your writing skills by practising. Write complete sentences. Don’t use words if you don’t understand them, write exactly what you want to say, and put it into perspective for your readers. Above all else, proofread. Analyze what you’ve written. Does it say what you want it to say? Does it say it succinctly and with purpose? If so, then you’ve done your job. There is nothing better than to read something and enjoy it’s ‘aah’ moment: the moment when writer and reader connect in a clear and binding fashion.