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I Got Ninety-nine Problems But Grammar Ain't One . . .

if you're a Grammy award winning rapper who met another grammy award winning singer and put a ring on it, that is.

But I'm willing to bet you follow this blog because you're a writer, not a rapper, and if my hunch is correct, then grammar is definitely a problem.

Spell check and grammar check are our friends. But let's lump them in with the friends that tell you those pants don't make your butt look big when we know without a doubt we're dragging the Titanic behind us. While they make for nice acquaintances, they aren't always honest with you. To be fair, it's not their fault. They can't read minds and always know what we're trying to say (that would be pretty cool, though. Creepy. But cool). To make matters worse, our brain likes to play tricks on us when we reread, sometimes not catching the they're instead of their or won instead of one.

Will Agentawesome pass on a GREAT MS because of a grammar faux pas here and there? Probably not. But you want to make sure your work is as polished as it can be so that won't be an issue. If you've read over the MS so much it's beginning to look like word soup, give yourself a few days away and revisit. And always, always take advantage of valuable beta readers to catch those little mistakes that slip by.
Amanda Hannah

Amanda grew up on a big farm in a small town with one stoplight, one school, and a handful of imaginary friends.She would’ve gone to college forever, but eight years and five majors tested her advisor’s patience. So she moved to Germany to explore creepy castles before landing in Spain where she’s perfecting her Flamenco.

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  1. wow that taes alot of preesure off of I no spell good and my grammer is really sucky to.

    New york times bestseller list hear I came.

    Tee hee hee.

  2. Definite word soup right now. It's times like these I like to a literary holiday... even though I usually end up reading/blogging/forum-ing in this 'downtime'. Thinking is also an issue; even the real-time narrative in my head never shuts up. And there's no spellcheck in there!

  3. That spell checker/friend analogy was so funny I totally called my (English teacher) mom to share. (Okay, I got voicemail, but you know what I mean.) Seriously apt.


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