Captured – A Confession from a Native English Speaker

While mingling amongst the international realms for the past decade, I have been deemed a Native English Speaker. I am born from a land that functions primarily within the English language, thus the world seems to rest assure that I am birthed with perfect skills in this area.

This means:

– I can write a 70-page thesis in one afternoon

– I always have perfectly constructed sentences (and spelling)

– I can explain the exceptions, why’s, why-not’s, and how’s (which is linguistically evolving always)

&

– every vocabulary word is tucked in my back pocket for whenever need-be

If you are a reader who I am freelance writing/editing/proofreeding for, this is true. However (for the rest of the world), while reading my writings and hopping through my obscure realities, you should know a bit about my over (mis)use of the English language. I have never benefited from a English class (please always feel free to send me notes to correct any mistakes you see). Though I have taught English internationally, edited research in multilingual groups, and consider myself an explorer of the world through written works while capturing my own experiences through text, it was not until after I graduated my Masters that I cared for the value of a word. Paired with a focus on learning languages for bazaar use (i.e. Nepali or Georgian) my spelling is horrendous and I thank goodness gracious for spellcheck. I greatly enjoy abusing parentheses – using them to insert side commentary.

As I continue to explore and connect with others this mode of communication, reading feverishly ‘how-to’ blog entries these are my [very] few recommendations:

1) Avoid using “that.” There is always a way around it and I promise it will sound better.

2) Read your writing out loud and record (though too many times can create a ‘sing along with a song’ sense making it difficult to decipher where the mistakes are).

3) Though it is difficult, even humbling show your work to others and volunteer to provide feedback on works.

4) Feel the image you want to convey, hold on to that image and select carefully the words to create it… then cut a 4th (or more) of the words out.

*look for Coming Soon writing links

 

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