I love to write, but I’m not so crazy about grammar.
Learning about words that dangle, split, and get misplaced isn’t my idea of fun.
However, as an English major in college, I had it drilled into my head that poor grammar revealed laziness and a lack of respect for the reader. It’s the literary form of bad manners and exposes the writer as someone who isn’t serious about the craft.
If you’re an author, particularly a self-published author, you need to do everything possible to win your readers’ hearts and minds. When they are distracted by grammatical errors or confused by the meaning of a sentence, they aren’t likely to buy your next book — or finish the one they are reading.
As tedious as grammar may be to those of us who just want to write, it is well worth a few minutes of your time to refresh the basics and make sure you don’t fall into one of the problematic grammar traps.
- Here are 15 common grammar mistakes that can kill your credibility as a writer:
- 1. Subject-Verb Agreement Errors
- 2. Sentence Fragments
- 3. Missing Comma After Introductory Element
- 4. Misusing The Apostrophe With “Its”
- 5. No Comma In A Compound Sentence
- 6. Misplaced Or Dangling Modifier
- 7. Vague Pronoun Reference
- 8. Wrong Word Usage
- 9. Run-On Sentence
- 10. Superfluous Commas
- 11. Lack Of Parallel Structure
- 12. Sentence Sprawl
- 13. Comma Splice
- 14. Colon Mistakes
- 15. Split Infinitives