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What Grammar Problems Do You Have When Writing?

English has some of the most difficult grammar of any language. There are so many rules, yet many exceptions to those rules. English breaks the rules often. Although it may not be the most difficult language, it is one of the most unusual languages. Why? Because it’s had influences from several languages and is more like the Frankenstein’s monster of languages.

Writers have to deal with English grammar when writing. Some are not experts at grammar, while others seem to have a wonderful way with the language. But what do you have difficulty with in writing?

In my case, I find that I use the passive voice too much. I use it correctly, but it’s not effective when writing fiction. It doesn’t have the feeling of action. The narrative must be active so the reader feels like they’re in the story along with the characters. I don’t have this problem as much now, but sometimes it creeps in.

What about you? When you write, what kind of grammar issues do you have? Let me know in the comments below.

Some Things I Hate

I don’t like the word hate, but it describes a feeling I have toward a few things pretty well. This post was inspired by Godless Cranium, who was in turn inspired by HarsH ReaLiTy.

  1. People who turn without using their turn signal. This applies to both when I’m driving behind them and when I’m walking across a crosswalk and I think they’re not turning.
  2. Old men who pick at their teeth and make loud smacking noises with their mouths while riding the train. It’s disgusting.  Stop it.
  3. No rain in the forecast, I don’t bring an umbrella, it rains. Also, rain in the forecast, I bring an umbrella, it doesn’t rain.
  4. Being told I’m doing something the wrong way, when I’d been taught to do it that way, and had seen many people do it the same way. More specifically, I was told I wrote the number 7 wrong by an HR manager a few years ago. She said I must cross the 7, but I told her that every teacher I’ve had in my life did not cross the 7. She said they were all wrong. I continued writing my 7s without crossing them.
  5. Having someone explain a scientific theory to me. A scientific theory that I studied in university and did plenty of research and laboratory work on. A scientific theory that person didn’t actually understand. They got so much wrong, and when I tried to correct them, they’d still claim they were right.
  6. Anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theorists, anti-GMO activists, climate change deniers, and religious fundamentalists who are so adamant about their position that they will not listen to any kind of reason while expecting reasonable people to accept their version of the world as truth without any questioning. Not going to happen!
  7. Stubbing my toe. In fact, I stubbed both little toes and dislocated them several years apart (1996 and 2012).
  8. Some of my favourite games being incompatible with Windows 8.1.
  9. World leaders who refuse to stop acting like little children, which is most of them.
  10. Being questioned about why I’m so quiet at a party. There must be something wrong. No, as an INTJ, that’s just my natural state at a party. My problem is being asked that over and over again.

I’ll stick with ten. There’s more. But this isn’t so bad for an optimistic person is it?

Contemporary Issues in Science Fiction

There are a lot of issues these days that are very contentious for many people.  There’s a lot of controversy, and for some issues, there’s a lot of extremely dangerous anti-science and/or religious close-mindedness going on.  I plan to address some of them in my novels, though without being preachy.  I may address these issues, but my focus won’t be on these issues, but they’ll play a part in the story.

Here are some issues I may deal with.

Gay Marriage

Considering how gay marriage is becoming more accepted in many places, while in others, homosexuality is punishable, this is a major issue these days.  I not only accept it, I support it.  And there will be gay couples in my books.  Expect it.

Religious Intolerance

This is a very old issue that won’t die anytime soon.  Muslims versus Christians, Muslims versus Jews, any religion versus Atheism, and so on.  I live in a country where there aren’t really any issues because no one seems to care deeply about religion.  That’s quite nice.  But in places like Sudan where a woman was sentence to die because she married a Christian while her father was a Muslim.  The Westboro Baptist Church just discriminates against pretty much anything they disagree with, though they target homosexuality the most.  I will deal with propagation of a new religion and persecution.

Climate Change

This is controversial, mainly because oil companies disagree and put out propaganda based on their “research.”  Well, the US government is tackling this very strongly thanks to Obama.  My home country of Canada isn’t making good progress because of the Harper administration (which frankly needs to go away).  Japan tends to take things seriously because its major cities are coastal and will be devastated with a major rise in sea levels.  This is going to be an issue very early on in my books.  Climate change exists, and it will get worse.

Mass Extinction

It looks like we’re headed toward a mass extinction now.  And with the fact that honeybees are dying because of pesticides, a lot of plants will start disappearing if this isn’t stopped.  Very important plants.  Food crops, fruits, vegetables.  Wow, we’ll have food shortages in North America.  But it’s not just that, it’s also the hunting of endangered animals, destruction of habitats, pollution, and more.  I will deal with this, and it’ll be a major issue.

Consumerism and Capitalism

Money makes the world run, it seems.  It brings about greed.  People with money think they can do what they want.  People without money struggle to make ends meet.  Oh, you bet I’ll deal with this.

There are many other issues I’ll tackle, but these are the main ones.  My books won’t be written because of these issues, though.  What’s important are the characters and their stories.  These issues are just things that happen, and some characters will have to deal with them.

I have a question for you.  If you write about these issues, would you reflect your opinions about them, or would you write about the opposite?  For example, if you’re in support of democracy, would you write a story about a world or country that is an autocracy that actually works well?  Leave your ideas in the comments.