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An Educational Fable

By: Lynn Hollander

Status: In Progress


A young writer seeks advice from the GRAMMARIAN.

Created: April 28, 2015 | Updated: February 15, 2016

Genre : Educational

Language : English

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      This story was updated on 15 February 2016

      February 15, 2016 | Lynn Hollander

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      While I can appreciate the humour in this, and sympathize with the sentiment of dealing with writers who think their writing is better than it actually is (no matter how far we've come, there's always room for improvement), I find this somewhat pretentious. :/

      Just my two-cent's worth; if you like giving people concrit, try to keep in mind we all have to start somewhere, and that once upon a time, you were where some of these other writers are, now.

      Long story short; humility.



      April 28, 2015 | Shannon Rohrer

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      So where do the comments go after I post?  We'll see.

      April 28, 2015 | Lynn Hollander

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      The Young Write could have gone to:   --for help with dialogue tag sentences.

      I know that I was not born with a facility for grammar:  I learned it by constant correction and good examples.  There is really no excuse for anyone who has read Dick and Jane in first grade to screw up basic dialogue tagged sentences, unless like the Young Writer she hasn't been paying attention. 

      Now, let's see if the absolutewrite address come through legibly.

      April 28, 2015 | Lynn Hollander

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      Apparently not.

      AbsoluteWriteWaterCooler is an excellent site for a variety of forums about writing.  The Guide to Dialogue Tagged Sentences can be found under Syntax and Grammar. 

      April 28, 2015 | Lynn Hollander

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      I'm actually a member of that site (though I haven't logged on in some months).

      *Sigh* Look, I get what you're saying, but I'm also fairly certain you've missed the point I was making (and clearly you haven't checked your inbox, either).

      I'm saying there's a good way and a bad way to assist other writers with their craft--and coming across with a superior attitude isn't one of them. Which is precisely what the Grammarian in your story did at the end. That was the point I was making.

      April 28, 2015 | Shannon Rohrer

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      As I read through this "literary" lark, I find myself confronted by a pompous "writer". I feel the author of this tripe thinks a little too highly of their own capabilities. Simply put, Google search results would serve as a better Grammarian and wouldn't come across so self-absorbed. After reading this, I doubt I'll subject myself to any further publications in your name. Have a nice day.

      September 24, 2015 | Chase Talon

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      Grammarian has not come to a face off with a Grammar Nazi, I take it.

      You use a period at the end of a sentence, not a comma.

      I've also noticed some of your comments on other works contradict what is said in this piece. Just thought I'd point it out to you.

      September 30, 2015 | Chantelle Bosch

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      Sentences can also end with an exclamation point or a question mark.  I located one typo where a comma came at the end of a sentence and corrected it.  If you can find other goofs or errors of fact, please be specific about what and where.  Thank you for your comment.   

      October 1, 2015 | Lynn Hollander

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      This story has been updated.  15 February 2016

      February 15, 2016 | Lynn Hollander