Friday, February 23, 2018

Kristen Lamb likes to guide writers, but she needs some guidance

I'm an imperfect perfectionist but I think that people who want to be regarded as authorities on writing should write properly.

Below, from Kristen Lamb, who "has guided writers of all levels"

  • "this doesn’t jive with reality" [Kristen needs someone to guide her about the use of "jibe."]
  • "the brain of a monkey who’s head was crushed in Wal Mart’s automatic doors" [Kristen also needs guidance about "who's" v. "whose," and the store name is now "Walmart" with no space or hyphen.]
  • "Generations bought Wonderbread" [Actually, "Wonder" and "Bread" are two separate words.] 
  • "sold less than a thousand copies" [FEWER, dammit.] 
  • "A large percentage of writers have" [HAS, dammit. The verb has to agree with "percentage," not "writers.]
Despite her linguistic limitations, Kristen is perceptive and knowledgeable and provides good advice. Read what she says and try not to wince at the way she may say it.

Sometimes content is more important than form. However, authors should keep in mind that every word they write is an audition. Don't be sloppy in public.

Wonder Bread photo from Mark James Miller. Walmart photo from Thanks.

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