Do you ever feel conflicted about grammar rules?
I do. When I teach university English and when I write for freelance clients.
I’m torn between the need to follow all the grammar rules taught in school, and the need to break them. It’s like I’m living a double life.
On one hand, it feels like being a concert violinist, sitting stiffly in a black tuxedo on a black metal chair, violin wedged against a black bowtie, playing full concertos in the key of E minor. It’s lovely…
But I’d rather be down at the pub. Fiddling hornpipes, reels, and jigs. Stomping my foot. Jammin’ with mates on guitar. Mandolin. And whistle.
Expressive. Emotional. And free.
But if you’re always stuck on grammar rules that hold you back, you’ll never be that kind of freelance writer.
I may be a university English teacher, but if you want to be a better freelance writer, you need to know this dirty little secret about grammar rules: