What makes me stop reading? Grammatical errors. Telling, not showing. Bad writing, poor editing.
Sadly, I’m reading a book right now I’m probably going to abandon. It’s a cute concept, but it starts with three pages of back story, and boring back story at that. The whole thing is full of missing commas and run on sentences. The author’s favorite word appears to be suddenly. Too bad, because with more work this could have been a nice book. As it is, it’s not one I can enjoy reading.
My father was a nut-case when it came to English grammar, and he never let anything slide. I’m a native New Yorker, born and raised in Manhattan, and as a teen I took full advantage of the city. My father, an attorney, was a workaholic, and usually arrived home around seven PM, and I often arrived home after he did. “It’s me,” I’d announce as I pushed closed the door.
Dad would correct me. “It’s It’s I.”
“Dad, I know, but nobody says that.”
“You don’t know, or you wouldn’t say it.”
Of course, this caused me to grind my teeth. Once I made the mistake of saying that C’est moi is grammatical in French. I got a lecture on the difference between the rules for pronoun agreement in the two languages, a lecture I can repeat in both languages to this day.
I’ll spare you all. But it did leave me with a solid knowledge of grammar, and a real aversion to printed material with grammatical errors.
If you want to write, learn the rules. And if you can’t, go hire someone who does. If you don’t, do not expect me to be one of your readers.
Check out the posts of my fellow bloggers and see what they think.
* Heidi M. Thomas http://heidiwriter.wordpress.com
* Anne Stenhouse at http://annestenhousenovelist.wordpress.com
* Diane Bator at http://dbator.blogspot.ca
* Fiona McGier at http://www.fionamcgier.com
* Ginger Simpson at http://mizging.blogspot.com
* Geeta Kakade at http://geetakakade.blogspot.com/
* Connie Vines at http://connievines.blogspot.com/
* Beverley Bateman – http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/
* Rhobin Courtright – http://rhobinleecourtright.com