He said he wanted to stay on bed, err, in bed, uhm, at the bed?
What is the right preposition for this sentence?
You pressed the backspace button 11 times already.
And your protagonist, who has a critical mission tomorrow, couldn’t sleep yet.
When you are writing a book, grammar rules are nightmares. They haunt your commas, your italics and quotation marks, and even the spaces between words. There are two faces of grammatical errors among writers, especially fiction authors: one is when a mistake is made out of ignorance and the other is when a “mistake” is deliberately committed to achieve stylistic objectives.
The second one can be forgiven, especially if readers can easily identify the context or reason. The first one, however, is tricky.
What happens when you think of being grammatically perfect all the time as an author?
On the other hand, what happens when you intentionally disregard grammar? Your ultimate worry—that people would say you are unprofessional and not good enough—might hit you hard.
It can be frustrating.
But like in any story that you write, there is a resolution. And you, the protagonist of your own story, should take action and not get stuck on a corner.
What can you do?
When you’re an author, having a wild imagination is not the job. Communicating it to your readers is your job. If grammar is bothering you, and the fear of committing a mistake is the only thing that separates you from your dream of getting your book published, then take action, anything: learn one difficult rule a day, ask for the help of an expert, or attend writing seminars.
It may not happen overnight but at least you can sleep in your bed tonight knowing that you’ve done your best for your craft all day.
Jennifer Frost is a blogger, writer, mother, wife, and English teacher located in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She’s an open-minded person who loves to travel, explore new places and foreign cultures, and learn new languages. You can read more of her work at englishgrammar.org.
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