No 12-Step Cure for Me

In most 12-step programs, the wannabe participant must first admit to an inability to control her or his addiction or compulsion. So here goes…

I admit that I rant aloud when I come across misused semicolons. I admit that I rewrite and rework if a sentence begins with the word “there” or “it” and/or ends with a preposition. I admit to an obsessive need to slash and burn when a writer rambles on and on and on and on and on for no particular reason other than an ill-conceived notion that more writing equals better writing.

The consequence has been a well-earned reputation as a damn good writer and a mean editor. Good for those for whom I have worked. Maybe not so good for those who have worked for me.

Do I want to cure my compulsion? Should I even try?

Heck, no. Grammar guides meaning. Words evoke images. Sentences and paragraphs inform, entertain and persuade. I am grateful to have the ability to communicate, create and connect through my writing.

Aren’t you?

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  1. says

    I don’t think you should try to cure this compulsion either. I think it’s cool :) The more people who care about good writing, the better!

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