Throughout my life, I have always struggled with writing. Grammar rules and big vocabularies are things I have absolutely no interest in and therefore try to write as little as possible to avoid the criticism that goes along with it. A majority of people who have met me would most likely label me as the Error Queen and that’s absolutely true.
It used to bother me (OK, and it still does) when people corrected me if I use grammar wrongly or misspelled something. I was so thankful when auto correct became a thing; it allowed me to get some slack. (Thanks, auto correct!) Over the years I have found that I have been pushed to write more, not by choice, but because I had to for work, friendships, relationships, etc. Writing is absolutely unavoidable in this day and age. And, lucky for me, I have had the pleasure to work with many talented copy writers which has given me some great perspective.
The best way I can spell this out is through comparison. As a graphic designer, colors, imagery, textures, and typography are the details I get anal about. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen poor design and a little piece of me dies inside. That feeling, the little piece dying inside, is, I’m sure, what copywriters must feel when they see poor grammar, spelling and vocabulary. I had a copywriter tell me that once and then I connected the dots – it was my “Ah Ha!” moment. Although I am not an unintelligent person, when someone reads what I write it does not represent me to my best self, much like the poorly designed logo for the great product.
After that “Ah Ha!” moment I decided to challenge myself to become a better writer. I know the only way to do that is to write more often. I have started this blog in means to do so. The purpose of this blog is to become a better writer while I enlighten you about what I do and the journey I am on as a independent business owner. I look forward to sharing and hope you enjoy it.
Feel free to email me if you would like to have any further discussions on the topic.
(And don't be a Grammar Nazi!)