The Spelling Meme

The Spelling Meme

There’s a meme with variations on the theme that’s been doing the rounds for a while – ‘It makes me sad when spelling mistakes ruin an awesome post.’

I feel sad when people value spelling over content. If not for spellcheck my words would be littered with errors. There’s a reason, and it’s not because I don’t care, nor because I lack intelligence. I’m grateful when people point out an error to me and I try to remember, but I’m not always successful.
I know people who are intelligent, wise, warm hearted and articulate, but they don’t write because, for various reasons, they struggle with spelling and things grammatical.

I admire people who write well, I have a deeper admiration for those who don’t allow mistakes to deter them, and I have respect and understanding for those who feel intimidated by the expectations of some.

My husband was my editor but I chose not to allow his absence to stop me from writing. If I decide to publish some of my work one day, I’ll pay an editor. I’ll never stop writing.

I even have the temerity to present writer’s workshops – not because I’m a great writer, but because I value writing and view it as an important tool for some, a means of dealing with life’s difficulties. I encourage people to forget about spelling and punctuation and just write. And sometimes from this writing can come something far more precious than a best seller. People can reach a place of understanding, acceptance and the possibility of peace.

I don’t believe a spelling mistake ruins anything, it simply proves we are all human and prone to making errors. It also proves we have the courage to keep trying.

Tricia 8/2013

About triciabertram

I have written all my life. Writing helps me to make sense of a world I often don’t understand. Poetry is my supreme solace, closely followed by literature and music. When my son ended his life in 1999 I embarked on the most difficult journey of my life, my grief journey. To survive in this unknown, harsh landscape I had to write. It was for me, the only way I could even begin to move forward. Then in 2009 my darling husband died suddenly and so my journey continues. I write about other issues but because of my life experience, grief and death are continuing themes in my writing life. In our culture I believe there is a fear of death, an inability to accept the inevitability of our mortality, and this creates enormous difficulties for the bereaved and those around them. I have begun this blog in the hope I will create a small ripple in the pond of fear that is currently drowning the reality of death and grief. I will continue to skim the stones of my truth, watch them bounce, and see how many ripples I can make.

Posted on August 7, 2013, in I am what I am, Pieces of prose and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Fabulous post! Very very well said ! i wholeheartedly agree with everything you have said Tricia, How awful to think we aren’t good enough to write if we struggle with spelling and grammar. I reckon there is some great talent out there which has stumbled over this particular block.

    Uch love to you my friend ❤ xx

    • It’s so good to know I’m not alone in this, Christine. In my time I’ve shut a few people up in mid rant simply by saying – Excuse me, I struggle with spelling and grammar: Do you think I should cease writing? I must admit, naughty Tricia, loves to watch them scramble for words.
      From your bold friend what loves you. 🙂

  2. My comments are all flying off into the unknown! Can you check your spam for the comment I made here and the one about your recent workshop. I should put them in a copy and paste thingy before I send them. I will in future just in case they get lost. Its wearying when this happens. 🙂 xxx Hugs xxxxx

  3. Right on, sister! You tell it how it is.

    • Thanks, Joe, it’s a subject I feel strongly about.
      (Sorry to have taken a while to reply. I’m writing poetry, but not doing much else. If I don’t lift my game I shall be sitting in the dark because the power company get a bit peeved if I don’t pay my bill)

  4. Thankyou, oops – (thank you!!) for making me chortle!

    Love and hugs xxx

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