Bloganuary Day 8: Finally, a chance for a rant…
What do you like most about your writing?
I spent most of my working life writing for a living. As an investment analyst, the constant churning out of ‘reports’ was what I was supposed, and paid, to do.
I like to think that I was quite good at it. When I was headhunted by a major US investment bank from my then job with a Scottish stockbroker, no less august a publication than the ‘Financial Times’, in a rare display – for that august organ – of rampant hyperbole, described me as a ‘star writing analyst’.
But to address the question at hand: what do I like most about my own writing?
Answer: it is, I hope, grammatically correct.
I would rather be forced to sit through a box set of ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ than use a noun as a verb (‘task’, ‘impact’), or insert an egregious apostrophe.
It probably helped, if that’s the right word, to have studied Philosophy at university. Clarity of expression counts for a lot when expounding on complex, non-tangible concepts and you simply cannot express yourself with the necessary lucidity unless you abide by the rules of grammar.
Albeit with great reluctance, I may occasionally split an infinitive, although it pains me greatly. I may even put a conjunction at the beginning or end of a sentence if it makes the meaning clearer.
However, I hope I will never confuse ‘there’, ‘their’ and ‘they’re’, or use ‘less’ when I mean ‘fewer’.
And yes it does bloody matter.