the bane of my existence.
Every facet of the writing realm seems to have their own, detailed, version of how they want things written. Precise rules of where comma’s, apostrophe’s, and semi-colons must be placed. And let us not forget structural specifications.
The grammarians of this world loathe me. Yes, that is correct – LOATHE.
Because the story is my absolute first priority. When I’m working on a project, I have to get the story out of my head. I often have my writing group read flawed versions, looking for story consistencies. Misplaced punctuation, extra spaces, and roaming sentence structure is the least of my worries-at that time.
Yes, adhering to one of the schools of Style and Structure is important, but not until I’ve got my head around the story itself. If I have a character eating their partner, I’ll fix it soon enough – I promise.
All I ask is for patience before beating me upside the head with an explanation point.