Plowing Together: Do You Need to Know the Basics? – Please Comment
Years ago, a woman I know excitedly shared a story about her daughter with our small group. She said that the teacher told the class to write a story. They didn’t need to worry about proper spelling or punctuation. Creativity was more important. Apparently, this attitude extended beyond this one story. My friend thought that was great. Why should her daughter and the other students get bogged down with the basics? That would just stifle their creativity.
I’ve been a writer and editor for several years. I live by the basics—spelling and grammar. I kept my mouth shut but the memory still burns in my mind.
Michelangelo apprenticed in sculpting and learned the basics before he created his David. Beethoven learned the basics of music before he wrote his 5th Symphony.
What do you think? Do you need to know the basics to be a writer? Please share your insights and comments.
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