If you think you’ve mastered all the grammar rules you need to know in English class to be a freelance writer, I’ve got news for you.
Rules were meant to be broken.
Not all the grammar rules you learned in school will help you catch an editor’s attention, write smart marketing copy, or move up and earn more as a freelancer.
And that was hard for me to accept.
I’ve been an English teacher for more than a decade. But to land freelance writing assignments, I had to ignore some of the very grammar rules I taught in school.
Wondering how to improve your writing and send Boring and Stuffy to detention?
I really started to take notice when I was grading formal research papers and thinking about a blog assignment for a client at the same time.
Two totally different worlds.
I’m sure your English teacher was a nice person. But if you want to succeed as a freelance writer, break these grammar rules:
Note: Are you part of the grammar police? Or do you despise well-meaning writers who can’t overlook an errant punctuation mark or typo? In this post, originally written by Linda Formichelli, she serves up four in-your-face reasons grammar police make terrible freelance writers. Enjoy! —Carol.
The other day I received this email in response to a marketing message I sent out to my subscription list:
Basic grammar forbids the use of double negatives, “…using the wrong
set of skills for the wrong job”. An authority on writing must master
the rules of writing before they can be taken seriously.
(I so wanted to let this guy know that “the wrong skills for the wrong job” is hardly a double negative, and that some of the greatest writers of all times used double negatives for emphasis — Shakespeare, anyone? But I took my own advice and hit Delete.)
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by Linda Formichelli The other day I received this email in response to a marketing message I sent out to my subscription list: Basic grammar forbids the use of double negatives, “…using the wrong set of skills for the wrong…