So lately a lot of “gift suggestions for the author in your life” have been popping up on your Facebook page, and you’ve noticed many of them have to do with grammar.
A t-shirt that reads, “Let’s eat Grandma. Let’s eat, Grandma. Commas save lives.”
Another: “I like barbecuing my family and my dog. Use commas. They save lives.”
Or “Irony is when someone writes ‘Your an idiot.’” (And frankly, you’re not sure what’s so funny about that one.)
Now you’re wondering, “Do I have to be a grammar Nazi to write a romance?”
Of course not, silly! Editors — especially those at the really big publishing houses — love to receive manuscripts with lots of little spelling and grammatical errors. It makes them feel needed.
So don’t worry your creative little head for single second. Just leave that boring stuff alone. Your editor will be happy to take care of it for you.
Seriously? Spelling and Grammar Are NOT What Editors Are For.
If you can’t spell or use proper grammar, your stories aren’t likely to find an editor.
Here’s a hint: Start with spell-check.
Here’s another: You can almost always find the answer to your grammar questions on Grammar Girl.
Once you understand the basics, take editing a little deeper by checking out Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Brown. (As you see it’s on my shelf in the above photo.)