There is one thing that has constantly been brought to my attention. It’s something that starts to get under my skin after a while. I’ve heard it enough times that I feel as though I should make some form of formal statement about it.
That thing is grammar.
Now, I’ll admit that I don’t have the best grammar, not by a long shot.
That’s also not my intent when I write this blog. I write this blog to be accessible to everybody. I want my writing to be relatable. It should almost be like we’re sitting and having a conversation. After all, I’m a screenwriter. I’m supposed to write relatable and accurate dialog. I take that same mentality when it comes to writing for my blog. I prefer to write how people speak over something that sounds a bit more staid.
It seems as of late that with the increased usage of texting as a main means of communication that there are things worse than grammar that are being changed. The instances of people using abbreviated spelling is becoming a bigger problem. It’s no longer simply phrases such as “LOL” or “OMG”. Now, I understand that it’s a pain in the ass to text full words. This is especially true when you’re using an alphanumeric old school phone where you have to push a button 3 times to get the proper letter. That’s where that comes from. It’s gotten to a point where English teachers are lamenting proper spelling let alone proper grammar.
To a certain extent, I see that washing over in to blogging. In this day and age, I’m more grateful to see proper spelling. It’s something that some might take for granted.
Then there’s something that I am incredibly passionate about, how poorly English is taught outside of European and English-speaking countries. It’s something I’m so passionate about I want to get my degree in teaching English as a second language. Is that to say that I’ve lost my passion for writing or movies? Not at all. I still love it and would love to see something change in Hollywood because what’s happening isn’t really working anymore.
And while I appreciate that improper grammar is everywhere, I also appreciate that there isn’t a lot of proper grammar here either. I’m OK with that. I would rather approach it how most people speak and make it feel like a conversation. After all, it’s how people can relate to the writing that makes for compelling storytelling.