images-3I’ve been writing for many years now – I try to not to remember exactly how many, as it reminds me of my age.I’ve written a 50,000 book and two other shorter books, and countless blog posts. and one thing I’ve learned, amongst many, is all writers have their own unique style.

For example, you can use lots of words in big paragraphs, almost ongoing forever and ever, or you can

use

one 

word

paragraphs.

And you can begin sentences with the word ‘and’ (I have a friend who does this a lot..).

None of these habits, or ‘quirks’ are in the rulebook of writing. I’m not sure I know many writers who sit down to write have a big book called ‘The Rules & Laws of Writing’ which they constantly check to ensure their writing fits the model.

Which is because there should never be lots of legalistic rules when it comes to writing. Every writer should be free to express themselves in their own language, their own style, their own unique way.

Including you.

Of course there’s rules about spelling and grammar (if I ever read a piece where people don’t understand the difference between your and you’re, I get more than mildly annoyed…). On a basic level, we need to keep to these by and large. And there is the art of redundancy – getting rid of unnecessary words in a sentence, or repeated words and phrases, or repeated words and phrases….(oops). This is important, because it allows us to refine our writing and make it sharper and have more impact.

But when you get into terms like acquisitions, or diphthongs (yes, that’s a real thing), then I, quite frankly, don’t care.

What I mean by this is whilst these can be useful to have a knowledge of, and be aware of, basic grammar rules…

…you don’t need to know what a diphthong is to be a writer.

You just don’t.

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Someone who bares their heart in their journal, or even, if they are brave enough, in a blog or book, doesn’t think about these things. They don’t care. They just want to tell their story, and tell it as well as they can, in a way which is truly authentic.

I’ve got my own writing style. And I don’t look at the rulebook. I just share what’s on my heart and put it out there for people to read. When I wrote my book I paid a bit more attention, naturally, but even then I tried to write from my heart, to be true to what was inside which I felt needed sharing, than getting my language absolutely right.

The sad thing this can be one issue which prevents people writing in the first place. I’ve spoken to people who want to write – they are writers who aren’t writing – but are afraid of getting their grammar wrong, of making mistakes.

And I told them just to write, and not to worry about those things. Because the world needed their words, and it would be a waste for fear about language to prevent it happening.

The world needs your words.

There are many people out there desperate to hear your story – and they won’t be nit-picking to see if it fits the rules. (you can tweet that)

They’ll be too busy to nit-pick. Compelled by your story.

People will be drawn into the depths of your heart and it will touch something inside of them in a way which transcends the words themselves.

So don’t fear the diphthong. Defy it.

Just write, and if you’re bold enough, share it. You have no idea what difference sharing your story might make.

Defy the dipthong.

And you might change a life.

Question For Reflection:

Do you always keep the rules? Or are you willing to occasionally break them, and be you?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Hi, I’m James. I live near London. I’m a fan of good food, comic-book movies, & books. I love to write, and I coach other writers & creative people. Thank you for being part of my community. read more...

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