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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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Friday Fun Facts: Word Trivia

Here are a few fun word facts:

  • The name of each continent begins and ends with the same letter.
  • “Go” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
  • No words in the English language rhyme with month, orange, silver or purple.

Friday Fun Facts: Word Facts

The longest word that you type with only your left hand is stewardesses.

The longest word that you type with only your right hand is lollipop.

Bonus: April is National Poetry Month. How do you plan to celebrate? Please leave a comment.

Friday Fun Facts: Dante’s New Home

Dante Alighieri was banished to Venice in 1302 after his political party was overthrown. While living there, he wrote his great work, The Divine Comedy. Some people consider it the greatest poem ever written. T.S. Eliot said, “Dante and Shakespeare divide the modern world between them. There is no third.” W.B. Yeats called Dante “the chief imagination of Christendom.”

NATIONAL GRAMMAR DAY: Monday, March 4 was National Grammar Day. Please leave a comment: What is your favorite thing about grammar?

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