It’s entirely possible that you, my friend, are a Grammar Nazi. You just might not know it.
Do you find yourself correcting horrible grammar you see on the Internet, even if you’re just doing it in your head? Because I’ll admit it. I do that all the time. But worse, I am also a Grammar Criminal (as I’ve come to realize now that I’m pounding through the second draft of 47 Echo 2). Here is a list of my offenses:
- The em-dash: There’s proper use of the em-dash, and then there’s what I do. I use it all the time, in places where a new sentence is probably warranted.
- Improper dialogue tags: Just ask my editor Rhonda about this one. Or, hell, check a few of the Goodreads reviews of 47 Echo. I tend to use words that don’t denote speech to indicate that someone is speaking.
- Over-smirkage: Not so much a grammar crime as an overall writing crime, but I tend to have people smirk way too often. Something must be very amusing.
We are now in a punishment-free zone. Feel free to admit yoru crimes in the comments. Perhaps the Grammar Nazis will grant us clemency.