Getting into the nitty gritty of writing: grammar


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As mentioned in this blog post, I’m getting back into writing. Slowly but surely writing has been getting easier to do. As I have started wanting to write more, I find myself thinking about the act of writing itself more and more.

I studied English and editing, and graduated 5 years ago from the University of Pretoria (Tuks). 5 years is a long time to go without practicing a skill. I have forgotten so much of what was taught to me and I find myself slowly relearning basic grammar skills and reteaching myself what I should still know.

I have been listening to the Grammar Girl podcasts and browsing through a lot lately. I feel that I’m learning more and learning differently to how I learnt while I was studying. I think the main reason for this mind shift is because of where my head is at the moment. When I was studying, especially towards the end of my studies, I was focussed on running and building my business. My dance and Pilates Business. I wasn’t focussed on what I was studying at all because I thought, and at the time I was convinced, that I would NEVER work in that particular industry.

I dabbled with the idea of possibly doing some freelance editing, when I grew up. But, never in my wildest dreams did I even consider that I would go into writing. I’m glad I didn’t. Because I believe that everything happens for a reason. I focussed on my business at the time, and over the last few years I have learnt invaluable lessons through running my own company. I have learnt how business works, and more importantly how people work and I am thankful for this.

I’m starting a new chapter in my life where I get to focus a bit on a new dream. My dream to write. And so, I’m back to focussing on the nitty gritty details that have been swept under the carpet in the years where my business was my main focus.

Every day I walk past my book shelf and I find myself focussing on the top shelf. The top shelf is all of my reference books and all of my dictionaries. I can’t stop focussing on this shelf. I have started to dust off my books and read through them again. My favourite of all the books on this particular shelf is ‘Eats, shoots and leaves’ by Lynn Truss, which I have decided to read again in my quest for bettering my own grammar.

For now, I leave you with this: I am pro the oxford comma!


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