Naturally, writing mistakes and errors show personality.
Write. Scribble. Repeat.
Repeating the same mistakes. Destined to add unnecessary commas.
My writer’s voice is extra like me.
In life, I use unnecessary words too.
A comma is every breath I take while taking a break from a rant.
Yet, do I ever learn from my mistakes? Knowing me, no.
Conventions. Commas. I am not stingy, and they don’t come by cheap.
They are simply a part of me.
What about you? What about your writing is singularly you?
Maybe, writing too much or too little?
Mistakes are fun. Let’s do more of them.
Writing mistakes make me smile and squeal in excitement. Further, reminding me that there is a breathing human behind words.
Anything that is too perfectly worded, grammartized, and comma‘d to perfection scares me. I almost think a robot wrote it, or a ninja writing warrior.
If you exist, please stand up and declare yourself. To me, subtle writing mistakes reveal personality quirks about my favorite authors.
That makes me feel like I sort of know them. Correspondingly, the reading experience feels more intimate.
This is what helps differentiate one writer’s voice from another.
That said, in my humble opinion, a balance should be struck between writing mistakes and clear negligence. Writing anything is a step forward.
I do not believe in judging others’ feelings. It is subjective. That is why I would never have made a great educator.
Perhaps, I am too drawn to the mistakes, thinking they are charming and cute.
Sorry, I play favorites. Check out my favorite writing mistakes below 👇🏼.
7 writing mistakes and what they mean
First, let me start by prefacing that this has zero scientific support and is all based on my own opinion and biases. Phew, now that we got the warning out of the way, let’s get into it.
1. Overusing commas
You rant a lot. Your sentences are longwinded like your speeches. You take a break between word stuffing to breathe.
Mainly, pausing to take a whiff of a chocolate bar. A sip of coffee or alcohol. See, you’re my people.
You also entertain me. Woot woot.
2. You use words like: “probably” and “maybe” too much.
There are two ways to explain this. On one hand, you like to be 100 % sure about what you are sharing with the world. You hate spreading misinformation.
On the other hand, you are a people pleaser. Likely, you are not the assertive friend. You don’t like to be confrontational.
Mainly, avoiding misunderstandings and pitchfork hunts by using vague and indeterminate words.
Your friends are lucky to know you. Shh, you are secretly the favorite friend.
3. You use too many words.
Duly noted. You have a lot to say.
Pssht- I was trying to be nonchalant about it. But I love to listen. You are very detail-oriented and like to paint a picture pristinely.
Accordingly, you hate missing out on any topics. However, you also tend to overshare details. Or, repeat the same sentence in different ways.
4. Conversely, you struggle to meet the word count.
You go straight to the point. A straight shooter. Not a bullshitter. One of the honest folks.
You are very stern and not too emotional. You don’t let yourself get lost in a tangent going on and on about things.
Indeed, you censor yourself. To some, this is a mistake.
To others, a rare gift, and skill. Time is precious, you save people’s time by getting to the point quicker. I appreciate it.
5. You use the word “like” a lot. Repeating the same words over and over again.
Mmmm. How can I nicely put this? You are a bit redundant.
That is an actual synonym of the word. Not me being mean. Meanwhile, you are also safe, loving, and loyal.
See, you believe something fully. So, you like to remind people about it.
That is your strong sense of fidelity and assertiveness. Perhaps, you can make a great leader.
Lucky for you, some people forget what they read earlier. And don’t remember you just repeated the same idea.
6. Missing comma after an introductory element.
Taps foot profusely over and over again. You do not like waiting. Instead, you go straight to the punchline, the main event.
You are frugal with your commas, hating to use unnecessary ones. In a similar vein, in the real world, you hate overexpressing yourself.
7. Wrong word errors/mistakes.
Finally, sometimes, you write without thinking and editing. You use any word that feels right and you roll with it.
Wow, you are refreshingly honest and authentic. Unlike me, you don’t rehash every word over and over again.
That is a skill I always wanted. To me, annoying sounding words bother me. Nothing bothers you. How cool is that?
What I am very awkwardly trying to tell you is you are chill and cool. You make mistakes and do not care. Can I be you?
Ok, was I coming on too strong. Sorry.
Striking a balance between criticism and artistic flair
In short, we should not be closed off to criticism. That is arrogance, which is not the prettiest behavior trait.
For instance, I remember a professor who highlighted my annoying writing mistakes. Namely, I overused introductory phrases.
Almost every paragraph started with a transition word and a comma. That’s overkill.
For some reason, I also always started lists with the word “first”, but never seemed to remember to use the word “second”, and “third”.
My bad, my brain like me is scattered.
She helped me spice things up and change my format. Hereby, breaking my writer’s block at the time.
When breaking rules works: Who doesn’t love a rebel?
However, grammar mistakes like overusing commas, to voice a certain tone, like rage, is valid at that moment.
Especially, if your character is undergoing a nervous breakdown.
Use your grammar mistakes to your advantage. Such as when you want to portray an atypical situation. Why not humanize or personify a laptop that cannot write anymore?
The point is there needs to be a purpose for choosing a mishap.
Do not feel like a failure because you make mistakes. A teacher once said, if your document shows up with zero green and red lines on Microsoft word, you are doing something wrong.
Your writing should be better than Microsoft Word’s editor. To that, I agree. We should not be too complacent on autocorrections to judge ourselves and others.
When we are robotic we lose our voice.
Conclusion: Who do we write for?
At last, do you smile at yourself as you type and write? Do we write for others or ourselves?
The way I make myself smile, I am more inclined to believe it’s for me.
No, not really. If I didn’t want an audience I’d want to tuck it away under napkins, hide it in drawers, or under my pillow.
Now, I want an audience. Not to clap. But to argue.
I guess I miss disagreements. Regrettably, I feel we have become too complacent. Agreeing with everyone too much.
Too afraid to say something different. Maybe that is why I miss seeing writing mistakes. I want to be excited again.
Will you surprise me?
P.S. I left a lot of grammar mistakes in this post on purpose (That’s what I tell myself 🤪 ) . Can you spot them?
Welp. That is a good cop-out.
What is your go-to writing mistake?