Flash Forward Freak Out



Writing rules, grammar rules, punctuation rules!


They change quicker than I can keep up.  You take a business communication course and they tell you stay away from commas!  You read a Writing 101 book and they give you all the reasons you should use commas and all the latest rule changes.

Who is making up all of these rules?

Is there some avant-garde out there with official badges hanging around their necks?  I can’t find them.

But they are rampant!  Here are some of the latest changes that have lit fire to my agitation genes.

If the quote does not complete a thought, then do not capitalize the first letter outside of the quote.

Well here is my problem.  I was taught that a sentence only requires a noun and  a verb to be complete.   “Don’t throw that away!” She said.  She is a noun, said is a verb (well not in this sentence, but in the last one yes.)  Viola, complete sentence.  NOPE that is not what they want.

“Don’t throw that away!” she said.  Is now the preferable way of writing.  This is NOT what I was taught in grammar school.  Who made that horrible rule change?  It looks terrible! It looks like a mistake.

Now they are telling us, you don’t even have to have quotation marks around the idea… you still don’t capitalize that poor next sentence.   Ridiculous!

How many other rules have they secretly changed?  How are we supposed to know what the new rules are?

I think in 50 years after THEY get their heads on straight again and the rule goes back to a common sense ruling people will look back at our manuscripts and think we were a really stupid generation of writers and editors who couldn’t think our way out of a sentence to save our lives.

“Run for your lives!” she screamed.  SPLAT! She was crushed by the Capital S that should have lived in her sentence.

Come on, comment below.  Who do you think THEY are? Gnomes who live in the Library of Congress?  A secret society of librarians called the Illuminati? A conspiracy group of Publishers who are making up random rules to keep authors from publishing? A group of writers who make up new rules so they can make money from the latest edition of their Rule’s Book?

Who is making up all of these CRAZY rules?


2 thoughts on “Flash Forward Freak Out

  1. It is all part of the Don’t Strain Your Brain movement.
    Join us, we have cake.
    “Don’t strain your brain,” she said. “We have cake.” <— This way?
    "Don't strain your brain," she said, "We have cake." <— Or this way?
    I do understand why we don't capitalize "she" in the above examples. It is in the interest of making the writer invisible. Therefore it is in the interest of making "she said" invisible. If you capitalize She said, you have a momentary pause and a second thought.
    "Don't strain your brain." (pause, tik tok) She said.
    Since it goes together, and should be invisible we perform writer magic (stand back I'm going to do some).
    "Don't strain your brain."
    Wait! Where'd she go? Who cares, we don't need her! Unless the conversation is long and we need to identify the speaker we don't want to see her – or she – if you're still with me, and I hope you are because I have cake.


    • lol! “Pass the cake!” lol. See here is my problem with that. If I see a typo in a manuscript, it screams at me! TYPO!!!! LOOK AT THIS!!! Most people don’t know the New rules and will see that as a typo. That will REALLY make me see the writer and cause a huge break in the flow of the story for me and many others who are not privy to the New Grammar. It will take years for this to become so common place that I don’t see it anymore. Sigh…I just love being the old fogey….NOT! She said! lol.


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